Report: Wait times falsified for 90 percent of Colorado Springs VA PTSD patients

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (The Gazette) - An internal Department of Veterans Affairs watchdog told Congress Thursday that nine in ten PTSD patients at a Colorado Springs VA clinic had their wait times "inaccurately recorded."

Patients in Colorado Springs waited weeks and months longer for care than was recorded in VA records, making some of the agency's worst wait times in America even longer.

"It's a failure of leadership, there's no doubt," said U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, a Republican from Aurora and frequent critic of VA care.

The VA report was requested by Congress last year after revelations of secret waiting lists at VA facilities in Colorado for patients suffering from post-traumatic stress and other maladies.

Colorado Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner said the VA report confirmed his "worst fears."

"It highlights even more VA mismanagement and lack of accountability in Colorado," Gardner said in an email. "This cannot happen again, and it's time for the VA to finally wake up and ensure our men and women are getting the best care possible. I will continue to work ... to ensure the accountability that somehow the VA refuses to accept."