Statement on VA Audit

WASHINGTON, June 9 – Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement today after the release of an audit of VA medical facilities:

“Incompetent administrators and those who have manipulated wait-time data should be dismissed at once. Sen. McCain and I have agreed on legislation to let the VA do just that.

“It is equally important, however, to understand that the reason certain VA facilities around the country have long wait times is because they lack an adequate number of doctors, nurses and other medical practitioners.  The legislation, which I hope will be on the floor in a few days, would help the VA hire – in an expedited manner – the professional staffing that is needed to address long wait times. The legislation also provides that if a veteran is unable to access care in a timely manner, he or she may go outside of the VA to a private doctor, community health center or other facility to get that care.”