-- ERIC --
HOUSE VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
-- MICHELLE --
THE VETERANS AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT RELEASED AN AUDIT
SHOWING HOW MANY VETERANS ARE WAITING FOR CARE AT
LAWMAKERS GRILLED V-A OFFICIALS TONIGHT.
MORE THAN 57-THOUSAND VETS.
HAVE BEEN WAITING 3 MONTHS OR MORE.
FOR AN APPOINTMENT.
AND A STAT ABOUT MADISON'S V-A HOSPITAL.
IS SURPRISING LOCAL VETERANS.
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NEW AT TEN, DANNIKA LEWIS HAS MORE ON THE WAIT TIMES.
VETS FACE, ACCORDING TO THAT AUDIT.
NATS - disabled vets van outside of hospital
OUTSIDE OF MADISON'S V-A HOSPITAL...
SOME VETS WILL TELL YOU WAITING ON A RIDE USED TO
BE NOTHING COMPARED TO TIME IN A WAITING ROOM.
OTTO WRUCK, Vietnam War Veteran: 1142 It was awful
slow all the way around with your treatement and your
It seemed like they really didn't care.
VIETNAM VET OTTO WRUCK HAS COME FOR AT LEAST A DOZEN
AND SAYS THEY NOW HAVE HIM IN, OUT, AND BACK ON HIS
OTTO WRUCK, Vietnam War Veteran: 1133 Many years
ago, it was a little dubious, but they really improved.
They really have.
BUT A FEDERAL AUDIT SAYS MADISON'S V-A HOSPITAL IS
THE WORST IN THE STATE FOR LONG WAITS.
THE AUDIT SAYS ON AVERAGE.
IT TAKES JUST LESS THAN 51 DAYS FOR A NEW PATIENT
TO SEE A PRIMARY CARE DOCTOR.
THE TARGET WAIT TIME IS TWO WEEKS.
TIM DONOVAN, VA Hospital Spokesperson: 0425 That's
largely due to the fact that demand has increased
so much over the past six months or so 31
HOSPITAL SPOKESPERSON TIM DONOVAN SAYS DEMAND.
AND THE LOSS OF PRIMARY CARE PROVIDERS.
IS WHY THEIR WAITS ARE
MORE THAN DOUBLE THOSE AT MILWAUKEE'S
BUT HE SAYS THE NUMBERS HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THE
HOSPITAL'S QUALITY OF CARE.
TIM DONOVAN, VA Hospital Spokesperson: 0916 This
hospital has a very well-deserved reputation for providing
excellent care, and we've been doing that all along.
We're doing that today, we'll do that tomorrow, we'll
do that into the future.
OTTO WRUCK, Vietnam War Veteran: 1128 It's very good,
and I'm speaking from the bottom of my heart.
TAKE NEWS CENTER
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THE U-S DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS WILL BE BACK
THE HOSPITAL AND ONE OF IT'S OUTPATIENT CLINICS ARE
AMONG THE 112 FACILITIES THAT WILL BE REVIEWED *AGAIN.
ACCORDING TO THE AUDIT...
WHERE THIS WHOLE INVESTIGATION STARTED.
THE AVERAGE WAIT FOR A FIRST-TIME PRIMARY CARE PATIENT...
IS MORE THAN 55 DAYS.
FOUR AND A HALF DAYS MORE THAN THE WAIT HERE IN MADISON.