In a statement to the Associated Press, the Department of Veterans Affairs apologized for underreporting veteran deaths that were linked to delays in care.
The VA said it “inadvertently caused confusion” when communicating its review of cases involving patient harm or deaths linked to delays in treatment. “There was no intent to mislead anyone with respect to the scope or findings of these reviews,” the VA said.
The VA’s Wrong Actions
The reporting issues are centered around a fact sheet the VA provided to Congress. In the report, the VA noted that it had reviewed 250 million cases since 1999, and its findings showed that only 23 veterans with gastrointestinal cancers died because of delays in treatment.
However, the agency said in a statement that it had only actually reviewed 11,000 cases, not 250 million, and the cases were only during a two-year period, from 2009 to 2011. The agency had actually found that 24 veterans with gastrointestinal cancers died during this period, a far more alarming statistics than it had reported to Congress.
Not Everyone Believes the VA’s Apology
Not everyone believes the agency’s sincerity. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, said that the VA purposefully manipulated the number of deaths and that reporting mishap was a “blatant attempt to mislead Congress, the press and the public.”
Miller has asked VA Secretary Robert McDonald to investigate the situation, find out who is responsible for the plan to cover up VA errors, and terminate employment for those who were responsible.
Legal Help for Veterans
Hopefully, the new VA bill will improve care for veterans in America and the VA will carry on its tasks more efficiently and transparently.
If you are a veteran and need legal counsel or have been wrongly denied veterans disability benefits, call the Law Offices of Veterans Help Group Contact us today to determine how we may be able to assist you: 1-855-855-8992.