Department of Veterans Affairs facilities in Montgomery, Tuskegee and Mobile have been flagged for further review by a nationwide audit of the healthcare system that cares for America's former service personnel.
The Veteran’s Hospitals in Birmingham and Tuscaloosa should be added to this national immediately.
CAVHCS Director James Talton confirmed in an email to employees the facility was named in the VA audit. The email said the nature of the scheduling infractions were divided into groups A, B and C based on seriousness. The CAVHCS was ranked among the most serious cases, Talton said.
The VA said as a result of the audit, locations such as Montgomery, Tuskegee and Mobile will undergo a further review and an investigation conducted for "suspected willful misconduct."
If misconduct is found, "appropriate personnel actions will promptly be pursued," the VA audit notes.
The finding comes following a nationwide audit of 731 VA facilities following reports that veterans in the Phoenix, Arizona area had died while waiting for appointments and that hospital administrators there maintained separate waiting lists to cover the actual time it took to get an appointment at the facility.
The audit showed 57,436 patients nationwide are currently waiting more than 90 days for an initial appointment at a VA medical facility. Another 63,869 have enrolled in the last decade but have not been seen for an appointment. In Alabama, the average wait time for new patients using the Birmingham facility is 31.08 days and 46.7 days in Tuscaloosa. That number grows to 74.56 days for the CAVHCS facilities. The wait time for GCVHCS is 48.6 days.
The national average is 27.4 days.