Udall responds to VA Hospital complaints in ABQ

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The Veterans Affair’s Department scandal continues to heat up, for alleged delays that may have lead to the deaths of several veterans.

Now we’ve learned Albuquerque’s VA Hospital is among those being looked at.

Initially, whistleblowers in five states claimed vets were put on secret waiting lists to hide the fact that they had to wait months for care.

At least 40 people who needed care in Phoenix allegedly died before they got it.

The VA Medical Center in Albuquerque has not been named in any of those reports, but Sen. Tom Udall says his office has received complaints from veterans who are experiencing the same treatment.

<strong>Udall says he wants more done, especially given the fact New Mexico’s VA hospitals share the same type of performance-based bonus system as the ones in Phoenix.

“We were in the same system, so I immediately said we need to find out if this is happening in our area because we’re in the same veterans system. So I call for an investigation. Things have been moving very rapidly after that,” Udall said.

Udall’s office has turned complaints over the the VA’s inspector general for investigation and a possible audit in Albuquerque.

Meanwhile, the top official for veterans health care, Robert Petzel, also resigned amid the criticism.

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