WV Secretary of State Visits Clarksburg VA Hospital
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on August 05, 2014 @ 6:55PM
Created on August 05, 2014 @ 4:27PM
VA medical facilities have been under fire nationwide after complaints about bad care and long wait times. Following similar complaints locally, West Virginia's Secretary of State decided to visit all four of the state's VA hospitals. Secretary of State Natalie Tennant completed her tour of the facilities on Tuesday after stopping by the Louis A. Johnson Medical Center in Clarksburg.
Long waits are what brought Secretary Tennant to Clarksburg to meet with VA administrators. On Tuesday, she said for the most part she's pleased. Tennant claims she's proud of the many caring men and women she's met who do their best to take care of veterans.
Some state officials fear the system in place is negatively affecting people who are in need of care which is why the government is working to make adjustments. Last week, U.S. Senators passed a bi-partisan bill which will provide $17 billion in funding. Some of the money will be used to hire more specialized health providers which officials hope will decrease wait times.
Tennant is saying she plans to keep a close eye on funds in order to ensure they're being used properly. She said, "We don't want a repeat. We can't have this. Every couple of years we're all up in arms about, are we taking care of our veterans? We need to take care of our veterans every single day."
VA administrators are saying they're worried about how difficult it is to recruit quality doctors.
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