Oxnard’s VA Clinic Comes Under Fire For Its Wait Times
Dr. David J. Shulkin, the VA health undersecretary, says Rep. Julia Brownley, D-Westlake Village, had correctly identified the problems at Oxnard's clinic when she referred to having interim directors and problems retaining staff members. "You need permanent leadership in place; you need experienced leadership ... so we brought in an experienced leader there. I think you're seeing that makes a difference," Shulkin said.
Oxnard’s VA Clinic One Of Worst In U.S. In Delays Getting Appointment
Oxnard's outpatient clinic for veterans has significant backlogs with appointments for primary care, officials with the Department of Veterans Affairs acknowledged Tuesday at a congressional hearing. Rep. Julia Brownley, D-Westlake Village, said data indicated Oxnard's record is one of the worst in the country for meeting the standard of seeing patients within 30 days. Only individual clinics in Ohio, Tennessee, North Carolina and Virginia have worse timeliness scores, records show. The department has put a new manager in charge of the region to help address the issue, the VA undersecretary for health told a House committee at the hearing. (Sullivan, 4/19)