Blunt says Kansas City VA kept secret waiting list

Jun 6, 2014

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Senator Roy Blunt says the Veterans Affairs medical center in Kansas City, Missouri has been maintaining a secret waiting list of veterans, the latest of several centers around the country to maintain such an unauthorized list.

Blunt spokesperson Amber Marchand says the list contains the names of 37 patients. Blunt's office said Thursday that the Kansas City VA confirmed the list hours after Blunt sent a letter asking if the secret list existed.

Blunt told reporters in a teleconference earlier Thursday that such a list allows VA centers to skew statistics and give misleading information about how quickly veterans are getting treatment.

The Kansas City VA Medical Center says in a statement that its top priority is addressing the problem of veterans waiting for health care.