Department of Veteran Affairs To Probe All VA Clinics Including One In Wichita Falls

Published 05/09 2014 09:54PM

Updated 05/09 2014 11:13PM

VA clinics across the country can expect investigators from the Department of Veterans Affairs to drop by and audit conditions at the clinics.

Investigators are trying to find out how many vets had their medical care delayed, for how long and and why.

The probe would include the VA clinic in Wichita Falls. 

Marcia Rossi, Veterans Service Officer for Wichita and Baylor counties says the process won't be easy as more than 150 hospitals and clinics across the nation undergo the audit. 

"All hospitals have deaths, whether they can be attributed to the cause that actually rendered them is difficult to establish," Rossi says. 

She says, "I don't know what they're going to be looking for. Are they going to be gunning for the VA? Or, are they really going to be looking at troubleshooting and trying to make things better?"

Rossi says auditing the local clinic will also be difficult because there are so many veterans. 

She says she hopes the audits don't push away from what's most important.

"I'm just concerned that while they're undergoing this inspection and while the teams in the clinic are getting ready for this inspection, that it may cause some interference with the care of the veterans because you can't help but vector off a little and put your focus on exact procedural accountment."

But, in the end, Rossi believes care to veterans will improve because of the audits.

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