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Acting VA Secretary Says18 Died Waiting for Treatment

Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson vows action after visit to Phoenix hospital at center of scandal.
(KPNX) More than 100,000 of America's military veterans were victims of bogus waiting lists for medical appointments, according to a Department of Veterans Affairs inquiry, and acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson said the nation will learn Monday how many patients in each city were relegated to "secret lists."

During a news conference Thursday at the Carl T. Hayden Medical Center in Phoenix, where the VA scandal erupted, Gibson also disclosed that at least 18 Arizona veterans died while waiting for doctor appointments, though it remains unclear whether delayed care was to blame for the deaths.

Gibson vowed to immediately care for neglected veterans, fix a broken health-care system and punish employees who contributed to the falsification of records knowingly or by gross negligence.

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