June 9, 2014 Updated: June 9, 2014 at 12:08 pm
DENVER - More than 1,600 patients have had to wait for initial medical appointments at the Denver veterans hospital 90 days or more after requesting them, the Veterans Affairs Department said Monday.
The VA also said 115 patients have had to wait at least 90 days for their first appointment at the Grand Junction veterans hospital.
The findings were based on an audit of 731 VA hospitals and large outpatient clinics nationwide. A total of more than 57,000 patients have been caught in that 90-day category, the report said.
The Grand Junction hospital and an outpatient clinic in Colorado Springs will get follow-up reviews based on the findings of inspections in May, the report said. It did not list any wait-time statistics for the Colorado Springs clinic or say what specifically prompted the follow-up at either facility.
A clinic in Fort Collins was also inspected in May, but it was not listed for a follow-up review, even though investigators have said employees of that clinic were instructed to falsify appointment records.
However, the Fort Collins facility reports to the VA hospital in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and that hospital is in line for a follow-up review.
VA personnel also inspected clinics in Alamosa, Aurora, Durango, Golden, Greeley, La Junta, Lamar, Montrose and Pueblo, Colorado, and none of them was listed for follow-up reviews.