Data show few VA wait issues in Connecticut


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A newly released audit indicates lengthy wait times affecting Veterans Affairs facilities across the country are not prevalent in Connecticut.

Data released Monday show 98 percent of 49,129 appointments at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System’s West Haven campus were scheduled in 30 days or less. The vast majority of those appointments were scheduled within 14 days.

Nationally, the audit indicated more than 57,000 new patients are still waiting for initial medical appointments at VA hospitals and clinics 90 days or more after requesting them.

At West Haven, the audit found that 2,120 people waited 15 to 30 days, 677 waited 31 to 60 days, and 166 waited 61 to 90 days.

Members of Connecticut’s congressional delegation have said they received private assurances wait times weren’t a major issue VA facilities in Connecticut.

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