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Congressman Fleming visits Overton Brooks V.A. Medical Center

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SHREVEPORT, La - Congressman John Fleming visited Overton Brooks V.A. Medical Center this morning. He was given the same briefing we streamed live on ktbs.com last week, and spoke with V.A. officials. After claims from whistleblowers and reports on manipulated wait times and lists across the country and here locally, Congressman Fleming planned the visit. 

He says the V.A. centers around the country that have run into problems have been stressed by rapid growth to which they did not response well to. 
Fleming says that does not appear to be a problem in Shreveport. 

“Appointment parameters seem to be met well, the population growth has been minimal, if any. On the other hand, the available centers, outpatient centers, have actually been growing and standing-up, so if anything, the center here has actually seen a slight decline as they go elsewhere to more convenient centers.” 

"All I can tell you is the presentation I’ve seen, the walk-through I’ve seen, is all consistent with the highest level of care. The competency level here is very consistent with the best care both in V.A. military hospital system and outside in the private sector. The staff seems to be plenty adequate." 

Overton Brooks has been flagged for further review, but officials have not been able to tell us when that will happen.
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