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Salisbury's VA Medical Center has the state's second highest
rate of veterans getting an appointment scheduled in less than a month,
according to a new report.
The report was highlighted in the following story from the Associated Press (AP):
Patients seeking care
through the Fayetteville VA Medical Center are waiting an average of 83 days
for their first appointment with a primary care doctor — nearly six times
longer than the department's goal.
A report from the
Department of Veterans Affairs says the average wait time for new patients at
North Carolina VA hospitals ranged from nearly 29 days in Salisbury to 83 days
in Fayetteville — the home of Fort Bragg.
The W.G. (Bill) Hefner
VA Medical Center has the state's second highest rate of veterans getting an
appointment scheduled in less than a month. However, veterans at the Salisbury
hospital wait nearly two months to see a specialist and longer than a month for
mental health, according to the report.
The Department of
Veterans Affairs says an audit of 731 VA hospitals and large outpatient clinics
found the agency's complicated appointment process created confusion among
scheduling clerks and supervisors.
VA guidelines say
veterans should be seen within 14 days of their desired date for a primary care
appointment. The department now says that meeting that target was unattainable
given existing resources and growing demand.
The findings are part
of a national audit ordered after a whistleblower claimed veterans were dying
while waiting for care in Phoenix.
North Carolina has a
big military presence, with eight bases that include the Army's Fort Bragg and
Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville.
veterans live in North Carolina. The VA has medical centers in Fayetteville,
Asheville, Durham and Salisbury, along with outpatient clinics spread across
At the Fayetteville
VA, just 83 percent of 47,447 appointments during the audit period were
scheduled in under 30 days — the worst in the state.
At the Asheville VA,
97 percent of appointments were scheduled in fewer than 30 days, followed by
the W.G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center in Salisbury at 96 percent, and the
Durham VA at 95 percent.
But there were
troubling signs at the other VA centers in North Carolina, the audit showed.
At the Durham VA, the
average wait for specialty care was nearly 69 days and 104 days for mental
health. In Fayetteville, the average wait was 62 days to see a specialist and
27 days for mental health, while at the Asheville facility, the average wait
for specialty care was 52 days and 33 days for mental health. In Salisbury,
veterans had to wait 53 days to see a specialist and nearly 32 days for mental
U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan,
D-North Carolina, called the results of the VA's report "appalling and disturbing"
and sent a letter the VA's acting secretary Sloan Gibson urging him to address
the problem and visit the Fayetteville VA Medical Center. She noted that more
than 157,000 veterans live in Fayetteville and the surrounding 21-county area.
"They require immediate
and urgent action by the VA acting secretary to reduce wait times for veterans,
particularly those in the Fayetteville area who face among the highest average
wait times in the country," she said. "I am also concerned that several
additional VA facilities in North Carolina require further investigation, and I
expect full transparency and accountability from the Department of Veterans
Affairs as those investigations proceed."