No one to take care of the ones that protect us…..
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USA Today’s Freedom of Information Act request to determine just how poorly staffed our country’s Veterans Affairs centers are, was answered in June. Their findings turned up more “no vacancy” signs than expected.
USA TODAY discovered the 41,500 vacancies as of late June in data obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. The full- and part-time positions include openings for 5,000 physicians, nearly 12,000 nurses and more than 1,200 psychologists, according to the data.
Now, as researchers have had a chance to sift through the data, it appears that nearly half of the “critical” positions within some of our nation’s VA centers are unfilled. Here’s a detailed look at some of those dangerously vacant roles.
The newest USA Today piece on the discovery pointed a magnifying glass at a few regional clinics in particular to further highlight the staffing issue. Take this center in Fayetteville, N.C, for instance:
In Fayetteville, N.C., 59 of its 187 physician positions were open in mid July, and the hospital and its outpatient clinics had only half of the psychologists needed to be at full staff. Overall, a third of medical jobs within that system are vacant. A quarter of patients with pending appointments are waiting more than a month past their requested appointment time.