18 Veterans on Phoenix VA Wait List Died

    Acting U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan Gibson speaks with the media after meeting with staff members at the Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona June 5, 2014. Key U.S. senators announced on Thursday a bipartisan proposal to address a crisis in veterans' healthcare, seeking quick action on a scandal that embarrassed the Obama administration and angered lawmakers who are strong advocates for veterans. REUTERS/Samantha Sais (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY HEALTH) - RTR3SFBS

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    Acting Veterans Affairs secretary Sloan Gibson said during a visit to Phoenix’s VA facility on Thursday that 18 veterans died while waiting for medical appointments. 14 of those 18 had asked for end-of-life care, Gibson said. It is unclear whether these 18 are part of the group of 40 patients that VA employees and veterans have said died while waiting for medical care. Gibson says he asked inspector general officials to get back to him with how many of those deaths were associated with delays in patient care. Three senior VA leaders in Phoenix may soon be fired over allegations of misconduct and Gibson promised to release documents that would provide details about wait times at every facility in the VA.

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