Senator Richard Blumenthal is seeking answers following the release of new data from the Veterans Affairs Department which shows a tripling of the number of health care cases delayed by more than 30 days at facilities in Connecticut. There are two VA hospitals in the state and 6 clinics, including the one in Danbury. Officials had been assured that delays plaguing facilities in other states were not occurring here.
Blumenthal says they were told Connecticut had been spared the deadly delays, falsification of records and manipulation of data.
Data from the VA shows that appointments delayed by over 30 days at facilities in Connecticut increased from 998 in May to 2,727 in June.