VA audit reveals about 900 Illinois veterans didn't receive requested care

CHICAGO - Nearly 900 veterans that requested appointments at Illinois' Veterans Administration hospitals in the past decade have not received them, according to information from a new audit.

On Monday the Veterans Affairs Department released finding of a national audit on wait times and quality of care at VA facilities.  It follows allegations that 40 patients died awaiting care at a Phoenix hospital where a secret waiting list was kept by employees to cover up delays.

The audit shows 494 new patients requested an appointment at the Marion, Illinois VA hospital but no appointment was scheduled.  The average wait times for a primary care appointment were also revealed, with Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital outside Chicago taking 33 days, and 54 days in Danville.

U.S. Senator Mark Kirk says the VA hasn't been forthcoming enough about its problems.
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