Retired doctor alleges delays at Austin VA clinic

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A retired Department of Veterans Affairs doctor says efforts to meet national performance measures hid potentially life-threatening delays for patients seeking care at an Austin VA clinic.

The claims by Dr. Joseph L. Spann are similar to ones made against VA hospitals in Phoenix and other parts of the country.

The Austin American-Statesman reports (http://bit.ly/1iXW8Ka ) Spann alleges that the chief of radiology at a VA medical center in Temple regularly asked doctors to change their requested date for ultrasounds, MRIs and CT scans to hide long backlogs for tests required before life-saving treatment can begin.

During a Senate hearing Thursday in Washington, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki said any "adverse event for a veteran within our care is one too many."

Shinseki has ordered an audit of VA facilities nationwide.

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Information from: Austin American-Statesman, http://www.statesman.com

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