A new audit shows nearly 900 veterans have requested appointments at Illinois' Veterans Administration hospitals in the past decade but not received them. The Veterans Affairs Department has released findings of a national audit on quality of care and wait times. The audit shows 494 new patients requested an appointment at the VA hospital in Marion, Illinois but no appointment was scheduled. It also shows the average wait time for a primary care appointment was 33 days for patients at Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital outside Chicago and 54 days in Danville. 122 people have asked for an appointment in the Danville VA in the last ten years and have no record of an appointment being scheduled. Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk says the VA hasn't been forthcoming enough about problems. And the VA Clinic in Peoria has been flagged for further review.
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