Durham VA Medical Center workers placed on leave

The Associated Press

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DURHAM — Two employees at the Durham VA Medical Center are on administrative leave for what officials call inappropriate scheduling practices.

The announcement from the Department of Veterans Affairs is the latest in an increasing number of scheduling incidents involving Veterans Affairs hospitals across the country. VA workers in Wyoming, Texas and Colorado are being investigated for allegedly manipulating scheduling systems to hide the fact that veterans actually waited months for appointments.

According to the department, a Durham VA employee indicated some workers may have falsified appointment records between 2009 and 2012. An audit team will review the allegations at the hospital this week.

A Senate hearing is scheduled for Thursday in Washington on the issue, and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki is slated to appear.