Butterfield Disappointed by VA’s Explanation of Durham Medical Center Wait Times

Jun 20, 2014
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today released the following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) “interim response” to his request made last week for an explanation of the long wait times for new mental health patients at the Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC), and the 79-day discrepancy in reported wait times by the Durham VAMC and the Veterans Health Administration (VHA): 

“I am deeply troubled that the VA did not provide clear, sufficient and complete responses regarding the wait times that new mental health patients at the Durham VAMC are facing, particularly after the VA received more time to respond. 

“Their ‘interim’ explanation that the average wait times reported by the Durham VAMC are ‘retrospective,’ while the Veterans Health Administration’s wait times are ‘prospective’ is completely misleading and is not helpful to me, veterans in North Carolina, or the public. 

“I strongly urge the Acting Under Secretary for Health to provide a thorough response to my questions by Wednesday, June 25th.  And I hope a more serious attempt to respond is made by the Acting Under Secretary than the one I received today.”

The VA’s response to Congressman Butterfield can be found here <https://butterfield.hdvdevedit1.house.gov/sites/butterfield.house.gov/files/14%206%2020%20VA%20INTERIM%20RESPONSE.pdf> .