Senator Tom Udall Calls for VA to Broaden Investigation into ‘Secret’ Waiting Lists

Says VA should investigate NM, entire service network after alleged cover-up scheme at Phoenix VA

U.S. Senator Tom Udall has expressed outrage at the ongoing allegations that the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care System and possibly others were covering up the extent of their waiting lists while veterans died waiting for appointments. In a letter to VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, Udall called for VA officials to expand their investigation to facilities in New Mexico and elsewhere. Arizona, New Mexico and part of Texas fall under the same Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN 18).

“I am outraged about reports that VA officials charged with caring for men and women who risked their lives for our nation would concoct such a despicable scheme just to cover up incompetence,” Udall said. “As many as 40 deaths have reportedly already been linked to this mismanagement and cover up, which has been brought to light through whistleblower accounts. Especially as we move to hire a New Mexico VA Health Care director, we need to know soon whether this problem exists in New Mexico and the rest of VISN 18. Our nation’s veterans have earned – and deserve – the best care we can provide, and the VA officials responsible need to be held accountable.”

A signed copy of the letter is available at this LINK.