Mariel Saez, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on the Veterans Affairs Inspector General's interim report on the Phoenix VA Health Care System:
"The VA Inspector General's interim report that was released today is deeply disturbing and demands action to correct the systemic problems that left 1,700 veterans off of the electronic waiting list at the Phoenix VA Health Care System. Secretary Shinseki has ordered that steps be taken right away to ensure that those who were taken off the waiting list are able to get the access to medical care they have earned. Before today's report, he was right to have placed on leave those officials at the Phoenix VA Health Care System who may have been responsible and to set in motion an independent investigation. Congress has a duty to work closely with Secretary Shinseki to ensure that problems at the VA are addressed quickly and that the system works for our nation's veterans."