Statement By Senator John McCain On GAO Report Finding VA Failed to Report Potentially Dangerous Medical Providers

Press Release

Date: Nov. 28, 2017
Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) released the following statement today on a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report finding the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) failed to report 90 percent of potentially dangerous medical providers:

"GAO's recent report finding the VA failed to report 90 percent of potentially dangerous medical providers in recent years underscores the systemic problems that still plague this bureaucracy. It is unacceptable that the VA has neither followed nor enforced its own policies to protect veteran patients from doctors who are unfit to provide care. The VA must follow through on its pledge to investigate the circumstances that led to these failures and prevent them from happening again. Clearly, we still have a long way to go to truly reform the VA. As Congress finalizes legislation to transform the VA into a 21st century health care system, we must strengthen oversight and accountability at the VA and put the safety and wellbeing of our veterans first."