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Barrow wants special prosecutor to probe VA ills

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 6:25 PM
Last updated Wednesday, June 18, 2014 11:58 AM
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Rep. John Barrow and a Republican congressman from Louisiana announced Tuesday they want a special prosecutor to investigate misconduct at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Rep. John Barrow (R-Ga.) is one of two who represent VA Medical Centers identified as needing further review, including the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta. Barrow has called for a special prosecutor to investigate misconduct at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Rep. John Barrow (R-Ga.) is one of two who represent VA Medical Centers identified as needing further review, including the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta. Barrow has called for a special prosecutor to investigate misconduct at the Department of Veterans Affairs.


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Legislation would ask the Justice Department to take the action and is expected to be filed Wednesday. It comes after a VA audit found more than 57,000 veterans nationwide waiting more than 90 days for an appointment. In some cases, schedulers were told by supervisors to alter appointment request dates to make wait times appear shorter.

Both Barrow, an Augusta Democrat, and Rep. Bill Cassidy, a Republican, represent VA Medical Centers identified as needing further review in the audit.

“We’re just beginning to get the full picture of the problems at the VA, and the resignation of one person isn’t going to fix what’s broken,” Barrow said in a news release. “We have to make sure we hold all of the appropriate people responsible, and do whatever it takes to make sure it never happens again. The best way to move forward is to appoint a special counsel to investigate the allegations in this report. If they’re found to be true, crimes have been committed, and those responsible should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

In an interview with The Augusta Chronicle, Bob Hamilton, the director of the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta, said Friday he was surprised the hospital was on the list and that he is not concerned about a follow-up visit by auditors.

The VA revealed 134 new patients enrolled for care at the Augusta hospital in the past decade have never had an appointment. Additionally, the report, which was completed after a May 14 site visit, showed three patients still waiting for initial medical appointments 90 days or more after requesting them.

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Pops
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Pops 06/17/14 - 07:13 pm
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Mr. Do Nothing

is sure busy these days......doing the obvious, easy stuff.......what a joke....

Navy Gary
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Navy Gary 06/17/14 - 07:40 pm
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The Headline

The headline shoud read: John Barrow wants his name in the paper for any reason, no matter what!

Dixieman
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Dixieman 06/17/14 - 07:48 pm
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Correct headline: Barrow wants...

...to get re-elected so has woken from his slumber.
This guy is Rip Van Winkle and will go right back to sleep after the election if he is re-elected. (In case you haven't figured it out by now, I'm agin' him and will be voting for Jack Kingston or David Perdue).

Sweet son
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Sweet son 06/17/14 - 07:59 pm
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We hope that voters don't see through Barrow's rouse for

publicity and his chances for reelection. He didn't care about anyone but himself until he thought he might have some serious challenger for his office. I don't like demodumbs and especially don't like him!

jimmymac
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jimmymac 06/18/14 - 07:16 am
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Barrow
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Election time. He has risen!

AFjoe
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AFjoe 06/18/14 - 11:17 am
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Here's Johnny...

He comes out of hibernation about this time every other year.
Got to make some headlines, always something popular with folks around here.

MichaelGH
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MichaelGH 06/18/14 - 02:45 pm
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9 Years to Get a Doctor's Appointment

I doubt Barrow will do much. But the VA? What a mess. It took them four years just to see me so I could schedule a Doctor's appointment - and five MORE years to actually schedule it!! NINE YEARS of waiting to be seen? Luckily I have Medicare (disabled Marine). My appointment is tomorrow (Thursday). This type of VA negligence regarding their primary mission is obscene!

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