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Senator Hassan, VA Secretary Shulkin Discuss Need for Urgent Action to Prevent Future Failures of Care at Manchester VAMC

MANCHESTER – Senator Maggie Hassan joined VA Secretary David Shulkin, Governor Chris Sununu and New Hampshire’s Congressional delegation at the Manchester VA Medical Center to tour the facility and discuss the need for urgent action to prevent future failures of care for New Hampshire veterans.

“I appreciate VA Secretary Shulkin’s visit to Manchester and the commitments that he made, but this must just be the first step of many to address the reports of unacceptable quality of care and administrative indifference at the Manchester VA Medical Center,” said Senator Hassan. “As I told Secretary Shulkin, we need a thorough and independent review process, which includes interviews with clinicians and patients, in order to address these claims and to prevent future failures in care for our veterans. I am going to continue to work with Secretary Shulkin and the VA, Governor Sununu, and our congressional delegation to ensure that all of our veterans receive the care that they need and have earned.”

In their meeting with Secretary Shulkin, the delegation stressed the importance of an independent medical review process, fixes to the Veterans Choice program, and improvements for services for women veterans at the facility. The Senator also reiterated her support for a full-service VA hospital in New Hampshire.