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Congressman John Carney says the Veterans Administration should consider getting rid of community-based outpatient clinics.

The Delaware Democrat says the clinics cannot be adequately staffed.

In addition, he said that rules should be loosened for veterans who are having troubles with non-VA treatment programs.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the Georgetown VA Clinic has been paving serious staffing shortages.

Vets told the News Journal that the clinic only has one full-time doctor.

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Senator Chris Coons want the new director of the Wilmington Veterans Affairs Medical Center to certify that there is no effort to disguise the backlogs of patient care – a scandal that has ripped through the agency nationally.

The Delaware Democrat wrote that any neglect or suffering by veterans is appalling and demanded to be assured this was not occurring at VA facilities in the state.

The Wilmington News Journal reports it is not known if the Wilmington facility near Elsmere is one of the 26 centers that are now under investigation by the VA.

 

            The American Federation of Government Employees has asked the US Office of Special Counsel for whistle-blower protection for Dr. Michelle Washington.

            Washington specializes in post-traumatic stress at the Wilmington Veterans Affairs Medical Center near Elsmere and told a US Committee on Veterans Affairs last November that vets usually have to wait as often as two months for timely treatment.