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U.S. Senator John Cornyn, R-Texas.
U.S. Senator John Cornyn, R-Texas.

HARLINGEN, RGV – U.S. Sen. John Cornyn has reacted to claims that veterans at the VA health center in Harlingen were denied or faced long delays in getting routine colonoscopies.

The claims came about after a whistleblower, Dr. Richard Krugman, a former associate chief of staff at the VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System, went public with his complaints. Krugman’s story is told in the Washington Examiner.

Cornyn said he was alarmed to learn that as many as 15,000 patients treated at the VA facility in Harlingen were either reportedly denied care or forced to undergo extended delays for cancer treatments in an attempt to cut costs. He noted that the story in the Washington Examiner also states that approximately 1,800 records were purged to give the appearance of eliminating a backlog.

“This report of rationing of potentially life-saving care for our veterans is outrageous and absolutely unacceptable, and the Administration’s response to this ongoing scandal has been tepid at best,” Cornyn said. “Our veterans deserve the highest level of treatment, and it is becoming clear that leadership at the VA has been more concerned with the appearance of care rather than how they provided it.”

Krugman made his complaints about the way veterans were treated at the Harlingen VA facility some years ago. However, few elected officials publicly helped him because it was thought it was sour grapes because he had been dismissed from the VA.

Click here to read the Washington Examiner story.

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