More stunning revelations emerged Monday night suggesting a systematic cover-up in the Veterans Affairs scandal.
Records of dead veterans were changed or physically altered, some even in recent weeks, to hide how many people died while waiting for care at the Phoenix VA hospital, a whistle-blower told CNN in stunning revelations that point to a new coverup in the ongoing VA scandal.
“Deceased” notes on files were removed to make statistics look better, so veterans would not be counted as having died while waiting for care, Pauline DeWenter said.
DeWenter is a powerful whistle blower who was a scheduling clerk at the Phoenix VA hospital where the scandal originally erupted. DeWenter told CNN that she was ordered by supervisors for over a year manage a “secret waiting list.”
This special waiting list had been disclosed earlier; veterans’ seeking medical care were placed on this list and waited months for care.
[At] least seven times since last October, records that showed that veterans died while waiting for care — records which DeWenter personally handled and had entered in details of veterans’ deaths — were physically altered, or written over, by someone else, DeWenter said in an exclusive interview with CNN. The changes, or re-writes, listed the veterans as living, not deceased, essentially hiding their deaths.
The alterations had even occurred in recent weeks, she said, in a deliberate attempt to try to hide just how many veterans died while waiting for care, by trying to pretend dead veterans remain alive.
Earlier in the day on Monday, the Special Counsel investigating the VA scandal released a report detailing “the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) often admits to serious deficiencies in patient care, while implausibly denying any impact on veterans’ health.”