Employee alleges cover-up of deaths at Phoenix VA

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Phoenix (AP) -- A Veterans Affairs hospital employee in Phoenix says there is an ongoing cover-up of patient deaths at the facility.

Scheduling clerk Pauline DeWenter also says she was the person who maintained a "secret list" of veterans who waited months for appointments.

DeWenter spoke with the Arizona Republic Monday and also did interviews with CNN. She told the Republic she has spoken to VA Office of Inspector General investigators about the list, turned over evidence and reported her suspicions of a cover-up.

That cover-up allegedly involves someone changing entries on the records of veterans who died while awaiting care. DeWenter said she entered "deceased" on the records and someone later changed the entry to "entered in error" and "no longer needed." She says some of the changes happened in recent weeks.

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