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    No veteran deaths because of delays in care. That's what a new report on the troubled VA health care system shows.The scandal broke here in Phoenix last spring after reports that as many as 40 veterans died while waiting for care. FOX 10's Ty Brennan reports.
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PHOENIX (KSAZ) - No veteran deaths because of delays in care. That's what a new report on the troubled VA health care system shows.

The scandal broke here in Phoenix last spring after reports that as many as 40 veterans died while waiting for care at the Phoenix VA.  The investigation quickly spread to other VAs around the country.

On Tuesday, the interim director of the Phoenix VA provided a progress report on what's been going on since the Inspector General's review.  This comes on the heels of investigators' findings that there is no poof that delays in care led to the deaths of veterans at the Phoenix VA.

>>Mobile app users: Watch the VA news conference here - http://youtu.be/Ke-LceWAQ1Q

"Anybody that has come to us with concerns about the care we meet with them," said interim Director of the Phoenix VA, Glenn Costie, who is updating the progress the VA is making after a scandal earlier this year, in which 40 families claim their loved ones died while waiting for care.

This led to an independent review by government investigators.  Although the report shows no proof the patients died because of those delays, there were a handful of issues the VA is promising to address and fix.

"I'm pleased to announce that of the 13 recommendations in specific to the Phoenix VA healthcare system made by the office of the inspector general, 10 have been addressed and we will be submitting for review by the OIG," said Costie.

Of those changes, accelerated hiring to fill open positions at the hospital, as well as the training and use of a new appointment scheduling system for patients -- among others, training and personnel changes.

"I always say that out of a negative comes a positive and I really think we are seeing the right sizing of the Phoenix VA for the veterans in this area.. clearly we were understaffed for many years and I'm glad to see we're getting that resolved," said Costie.

Of course, some of the whistle blowers in this case believe there is no way the government investigators could have drawn a conclusion that there was no correlation between the deaths of those 40 patients and wait times.

Dr. Sam Foote, a former doctor at the VA and one of the whistle blowers, had this to say: 

"What charts did they look at?  How many did they look at?"

He went on to say, "Without question, their statement was worded such that the reader will assume that no harm came to the patient due to the delay in care.  That is unlikely to be true."
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