Senator Brown: VA Investigating Scheduling Irregularities in Ohio

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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio senator’s office says the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is investigating into delayed appointments for pulmonary care patients at a southwestern Ohio VA.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown told the Dayton Daily News he has contacted VA Secretary Bob McDonald about apparent scheduling irregularities at the Dayton VA.

Officials say the VA had not scheduled callback appointments for about 1,000 pulmonary patients between October 2013 and May 2015.

The patient list included 150 veterans who are now dead. Dayton VA Director Glenn Costie told the newspaper July 31 that they weren’t linked to delayed care.

Brown says he wants to ensure the VA will continue to prioritize veterans’ care by ending unofficial scheduling systems.