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More than 1.5 million medical orders were canceled by the Department of Veterans Affairs without any guarantee the patients received the treatment or tests they needed, the Washington Examiner has found.
Since May 2013, veterans' medical centers nationwide have been under pressure to clear out 2 million backlogged orders for patient care or services.
They were given wide latitude to cancel unfilled appointments more than 90 days old. By April 2014, the backlog of what the agency calls “unresolved consults” was down to about 450,000.
Whistleblowers say more than 40 patients died because of delays in treatment while in the Phoenix VA Health Care System.
Veterans Affairs puts 3 on leave; Congress threatens subpoena over destruction of 'secret' wait list