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Fri., July 11, 2014, 1:49 p.m.

Vestal: VA Director Owes Answers

Why does the Spokane VA hospital have one of the longest waiting lists in the nation? Why does it have one of the country’s longest-of-the-longest waiting lists – new patients who can’t be scheduled within 120 days? Why is it falling short of the national standard for scheduling new patients, and – in an environment where most other VA hospitals are falling short of that standard, as well, why is the Spokane hospital’s record even worse? No good answer to any of those questions is coming from the administration of Director Linda Reynolds at the Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center. Worse, it is incredibly difficult and time-consuming to get the VA to offer up even the least useful kinds of answers – the vaguest drivel/Shawn Vestal, SR. More here.

Question: Have you or your loved ones ever had a close encounter with the Spokane VA hospital?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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