"The OIG investigators did find, after reviewing the records of 3,409 patients from a variety of sources, 44 patients who died while on the electronic waiting list. But just because someone is on a waiting list when they died does not mean they died becausethey were on a waiting list.
In all, the OIG found 28 instances of “clinically significant delays in care associated with access to care or patient scheduling.” Of that group, six are deceased. It also found “17 care deficiencies that were unrelated to access or scheduling,” and of those, 14 are dead.
So, within the universe of more than 3,400 patients, only six patients died while experiencing significant delays in scheduling. But “while the case reviews in this report document poor quality of care, we are unable to conclusively assert that the absence of timely quality care caused the deaths of these veterans,” the OIG said." Washpost Fact Checker
Remember that the OIG of the Veteran's Administration was under great pressure from the WH and Congress to find wrong doing and this is all they could come up with.
Once again the American people's lemming-like drive to self deception based on sensationalism and logrolling in the 24/7 media is demonstrated.
Eric Shinseki was forced to resign because of this crap. Eric Shinseki is a genuine American hero unlike many of the swine who brought him down. In his time as Secretary of Veteran's Affairs, he greatly reduced time for registration of veterans for services and care and the availability of service across the country. This was in spite of the large increase in the numbers of those asking for service.
A shame, this was a tragic shame. pl