Wichita VA hospital had secret waiting list

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The director of the Robert J. Dole Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Wichita acknowledges the hospital had a secret waiting list of patients that endangered some veterans.

Director Francisco Vazquez sent a fax last Friday to Senators Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran acknowledging that nine veterans waited more than 90 days for appointments with a primary care doctor at the Wichita hospital.

The Wichita Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/Sq7uwk ) that Roberts says those on the waiting list were patients who had been discharged from the hospital and were supposed to receive ongoing primary care while recovering at home.

The fax said the U.S. Office of Inspector General found 10 secret lists in its Midwest network. Two of those lists put veterans at risk, including the one in Wichita.

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Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com

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