WASHINGTON D.C. – Last night, Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, questioned Dr. Thomas Lynch, VA assistant deputy under secretary for health for clinical operations, about an article released last night accusing employees at the Phoenix VA of altering patient records, “‘deceased’ notes on files were removed to make statistics look better, so veterans would not be counted as having died while waiting for care,” the article states.
“Again, it’s so hard to take the information seriously that you give us tonight, when there’s these ongoing investigations by new whistleblowers that they’re taking stickers off of files and removing names. Still while we’ve been doing these hearings for a couple months, Americans are literally wondering when is this going to stop. This looks like a new revelation tonight. Under all of the scrutiny, all the lights, all the spirit of full disclosure, Phoenix is still doing this kind of stuff and you guys have had them under a microscope and you’ve physically been there four times and this is new,” Walorski said.
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The Washington Times also said “said she (Walorski) couldn’t believe the department didn’t know about the most-recent scandal even as officials have made several trips to the Phoenix facility in recent weeks to respond to secret wait lists and data manipulation first discovered in Phoenix, but now believed to be more widespread problems.
Last Wednesday, Walorski was appointed by Speaker Boehner to the VA conference committee to resolve the differences between the House and Senate veterans affairs legislation. The conference committee will meet later today at 2:50 p.m.