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Two Congressmen look into local VA hospital and clinic

WACO, TX (KXXV) - As the Inspector General looks into alleged wait time improprieties at 26 VA hospitals and clinics, two Texas congressmen met with the director of the Waco VA Hospital Monday looking for answers.

In an exclusive interview with News Channel 25, Congressmen Bill Flores and John Carter said they're confident the Waco facility is doing a good job, but they're skeptical about allegations against the Temple clinic.

The meeting Congressmen Carter and Flores had with the Waco VA hospital's director was a closed door session, no media allowed.

They wanted some answers whether the Waco facility was manipulating waiting lists and delaying veterans getting the help they need.

Afterwards both lawmakers said the answers they got didn’t raise any suspicions about the Waco facility.

“I feel like the spotlight is revealing that the folks here are doing their job and doing the best they can to provide top-notch health care for our veterans,” says Carter.

But recently allegations about Temple VA officials manipulating appointments and numbers to secure bonuses have been swirling.  However, Carter says there have been accusations about the Temple clinic since 2012.

"We asked for and got an I. G. Report and they did a study on it and came back and they said they saw some scheduling issues and they had a plan to address them," says Carter.

He says any issues they found should have already been handled. That's why Flores says he's not so sure these recent allegations are valid.  

“People see what happened two, three, four years ago and so they’re saying those things are still going on. I don’t think they are but we’ll need to wait and get the report and we’ll see if those issues in Temple have been cleared up or not,” Flores said.

There's no word on when those Inspector General reports will be done.

Click here to file a complaint with the VA.
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