VA official addresses Augusta concerns

Sloan Gibson, the acting secretary of Veterans Affairs, told an Augusta audience that the top priority is getting veterans off wait lists.

Sloan Gibson, the acting secretary of Veterans Affairs, told an Augusta audience today that the top priority is getting veterans off wait lists and then addressing systemic problems.

Gibson says trust has been broken, but Augusta is more aggressive than any other facility in improving access.

He  visited the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta on Thursday to meet with hospital leadership, employees and key stakeholders to discuss efforts to improve local health care.

Gibson was expected to address findings of a recent VA audit that found 26 new patients in Augusta have had to wait at least 90 days for an appointment and 133 more veterans have yet to be scheduled for an appointment despite requesting one in the past 10 years.

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