July 22, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Department of Veterans Affairs says it has reached out to nearly 140,000 veterans in the past two months to get them off waiting lists and into clinics for medical appointments.
Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson revealed the number Thursday as the VA released new figures showing improved patient access to VA hospitals and clinics nationwide.
The announcement follows a national outcry over reports of patient deaths and treatment delays at VA facilities across the country.
The agency says that as of June 15, about 46,000 veterans waited at least 90 days for their first VA medical appointments. That's down from 57,000 who waited more than 90 days as of May 15.
Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.