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Hagan to visit Fayetteville VA on Monday

Posted June 22, 2014

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— U.S. Senator Kay Hagan, D-NC, will visit the Fayetteville VA Medical Center on Monday to receive an update from senior hospital officials and staff on efforts to reduce excessive wait times for veterans.

Her visit comes nearly two weeks after Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan Gibson visited the hospital - at Hagan’s request - and a week after veterans voiced frustrations regarding their experiences to the hospital director.

“It’s clear that the VA has a long road ahead to restore the faith and confidence of our veterans, and I look forward to receiving an update on how the Fayetteville VAMC can better serve our veterans and ensure they’re receiving the care they have earned,” Hagan said in a statement.

A national audit of VA hospitals found that patients at the Fayetteville center wait an average of 29 days for a primary care appointment. New patients wait 83 days, the third-longest wait time in the country and nearly six times longer than the VA's goal of new patients being seen within 14 days.

The audit was ordered after reports in April that veterans were dying while waiting for care in Phoenix. A preliminary federal review found that long patient waits and falsified records were common throughout VA hospitals nationwide.

Gibson, while visiting the Fayetteville facility on June 12, pledged $7.4 million in federal money to address long wait times at the Fayetteville VA and ordered the hospital to hire temporary staff to deal with the backlog.

The extra money comes as veterans, while voicing their discontent to hospital director Elizabeth Goolsby during a recent town hall meeting, said they are unable to access certain medications and have to fight through red tape to get care, among other complaints.


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  • Danny22 Jun 23, 2014

    Well, kay has just received 3 million dolllars in ads from Emily's List. This is a radical abortion rights group funded to promote candidates who support abortion for any reason.

  • LetsBeFair Jun 23, 2014

    Hope she isn't going to tell us how well the government will handle our health care.

  • dennis8 Jun 23, 2014

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    Congress is obsolete because they refuse to govern. The GOP hates anything Obama proposes even when it is their own idea.

  • DrJ Jun 23, 2014

    Huh? Hagan's been interested in people from the first day she got there. Those people are Barack Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and of course, Kay Hagan.

  • veryfrustrated1 Jun 23, 2014

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    Well the VA managed to find the money to give bonuses to 3/4 of their senior managers. They must not have been too strapped for funds!

  • MDL33 Jun 23, 2014

    Someone who would actually care about something as important as veterns..... A US. Senator from this state should be proactive instead of reactive. This should inflame every vetern out there, let her know how smart we veterns are come November! This vetern will!!!!

  • UNC006 Jun 23, 2014

    Toodaloo ma'am...

  • Robert Malton Jun 23, 2014
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    It an election year, good-bye Hagan

  • Danny22 Jun 23, 2014

    after almost 6 yrs, she is finally getting interested in the people. It is too Late.

  • lopo Jun 23, 2014

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    So true, its not Obama messs or a bush mess. This is government ran health care at its best. Soon to becoming to the private sector.