New Mexico VA: We’re doing better but there’s still work to do

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In this FILE photo a look at a Veterans Clinic in the United States.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – We’re doing better but we still have work to do. That’s what leaders of the VA system in New Mexico said Friday as they gave an update to wait times for veterans needing medical care.

They say the average wait time is now three to four days for primary care, four days for specialist care and three days for mental health. Officials say more clinics have been opened around the state, hours have been extended and staff has been hired. They’re also working on creative ways to fill the gaps.

The big wait continues to be with disability claims. That wait is still about 125 days but in 2013 it was nearly 400 days.

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