VA makes progress with NM waiting lists

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The Department of Veterans Affairs says it has made progress in whittling down the number of new patients in New Mexico who are on a waiting list.

The latest audit shows there were 482 veterans waiting to see a doctor. That’s down from more than 1,040 a month ago.

The list includes new patients whose appointments can’t be scheduled within 90 days.

Reports of patient deaths and treatment delays at VA hospitals and clinics around the country have resulted in national outcry.

Audit results show tens of thousands of veterans are still waiting as long as three months for appointments. Some have critical needs.

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