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Report: VA Told Pittsburgh Hospital to Mislead Congress
Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 11 2014 | Washington Free Beacon

Posted on 06/11/2014 1:25:04 PM PDT by PoloSec

The Department of Veterans Affairs ordered a Pittsburgh VA hospital to block attempts by two congressmen to find out about hundreds of patients languishing on the hospital’s wait list, according to a CNN report.

Congressional sources told CNN that Rep. Tim Murphy (R., Penn.) received a call from Pittsburgh VA director and CEO Terry Gerigk Wolf, who said that the hospital had passed an internal audit on patient wait times “with flying colors.”

“It is my belief the purpose of the unannounced call was not to provide me the facts on patient wait times at the Pittsburgh VA, but was a smokescreen to prevent me from understanding what exactly was going on there,” Murphy told CNN. “I’ve heard the ‘all is okay’ message in midst of management failures too many times from the VA to believe it on face value ever again.”

The congressman compared notes with his fellow western Pennsylvanian, Democratic Rep. Mike Doyle.

Doyle said that Wolf had told him something quite different—that Pittsburgh had up to 700 patients on this wait list, called the NEAR (New Enrollee Appointment Request) List, for veterans enrolling for the first time. Some of these veterans had been waiting years for their first appointment.

Doyle and Murphy say they called Wolf, who told them she knew about the list three weeks before, but was told not to inform the congressional delegation about it for fear she would be fired for disclosing the information.

Rep. Jeff Miller (R., Fla.), the chair of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, said immediate firings were in order if the allegations were true.

“Interfering with Congress’ constitutionally mandated oversight responsibility is not just wrong, it’s against the law,” Miller said. “Right now acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson needs to immediately send a clear and powerful message that criminal behavior will not be tolerated within VA’s ranks. The only way to do this is by immediately firing anyone who directed VA officials not to speak with members of Congress.”

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: deception; mikedoyle; pittsburgh; terrygerigkwolf; terrywolf; timmurphy; va; veterans

1 posted on 06/11/2014 1:25:04 PM PDT by PoloSec
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To: PoloSec

Tim Murphy is my congressman and, despite his RINO tendencies on a few issues mostly dealing with unions, he is not a good guy to lie to. SW Pennsylvania has a very high concentration of veterans and VA patients. This is not going to be easily swept under the rug.

2 posted on 06/11/2014 1:28:22 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: PoloSec

Am I missing it?

I don’t see a specific name of who, EXACTLY, told anyone to lie.

We need names!

3 posted on 06/11/2014 1:30:51 PM PDT by airborne (My heroes don't wear capes - My heroes wear dog tags!)
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To: Vigilanteman
Seems like the bigger VA’s with larger Administration staffs are the ones that are being caught cheating and lying.

Liberal cities handing out union jobs to people who under-perform - and then lie about it, killing fellow veterans.

4 posted on 06/11/2014 1:37:09 PM PDT by airborne (My heroes don't wear capes - My heroes wear dog tags!)
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To: PoloSec
6 months ago my Dad was trying to get an appointment to see his PCP for a referral to the ophthalmologist for treatment for a service related eye injury suffered in an explosion in the Philippines.

He and my Mom called the Pittsburgh VA every other day for 6 weeks and could only leave voice mails for a call back.

They finally called Tim Murphy's office. The VA called back the next day.

5 posted on 06/11/2014 1:46:01 PM PDT by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux. If not now, when? If not here, where? ?)
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To: airborne

This is Animal Farm, they do as they please with impunity.

6 posted on 06/11/2014 1:50:12 PM PDT by phormer phrog phlyer
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To: phormer phrog phlyer

The names of these VA criminals need to be made public (as well as their email addresses). These ghouls need to be placed in prison.

7 posted on 06/11/2014 3:34:05 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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