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Walz Wants Data on Minnesota VA Waits

Created: 05/14/2014 4:58 PM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart

U.S. Rep. Tim Walz says there is no evidence of a "secret wait list" at Minnesota VA clinics. But Walz says he is pursuing a "full accounting" of the medical scheduling process used at VA clinics in the state.
    
Walz says he is a strong ally of the Veterans Administration but also a harsh critic when warranted. The Minnesota Democrat, who's a member of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, made his comments at the Mankato VA clinic Wednesday.
    
A former clinic director for the VA in Phoenix alleges that up to 40 veterans may have died while awaiting treatment at the Phoenix hospital, and that staff created a secret system to hide delays in treatment.
    
The Free Press of Mankato reports Walz called the Phoenix allegations "an abomination."

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Photo: Congresman Tim Walz

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