Congressmen decry 700 on Pittsburgh VA wait list

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Two congressmen are criticizing the Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System for keeping nearly 700 veterans on a list for medical care, some for more than a year.

U.S. Reps. Tim Murphy, a Republican, and Mike Doyle, a Democrat, issued a statement Thursday night calling on the VA to contact every veteran on the list within 48 hours.

Pittsburgh VA spokesman Mark Ray says officials expect all veterans on the list to be contacted by Friday to schedule an initial medical appointment.

Ray says the Pittsburgh VA hospitals weren't keeping veterans on a secret wait list like one uncovered at the Phoenix VA, where it's alleged 40 veterans died while waiting for care.

But the congressmen say "higher-ups" within the VA might have told Pittsburgh VA officials not to disclose the list.

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