WASHINGTON - The Veterans Affairs Department says more than 1,600 patients have had to wait for initial medical appointments at the Denver VA hospital 90 days or more after requesting them.
A report released by the VA Monday also says 115 patients have had to wait at least 90 days for their first appointment at the Grand Junction veterans hospital.
The report is based on an audit of 731 VA hospitals and large outpatient clinics. It says that nationwide, a total of more than 57,000 patients have been caught in that 90-day category.
The report says the Grand Junction hospital and an outpatient clinic in Colorado Springs will get follow-up reviews based on the findings of inspections in May.
The report doesn't list any wait time statistics for the Colorado Springs clinic.