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Hawaii Reps Say Wait Times at Honolulu VA Center ‘Troubling,’ ‘Unacceptable’

Audit reports that Spark M. Matsunaga VA Medical Center has longest average wait at 145 days.

·By Chad Blair

Members of Hawaii’s congressional delegation are upset over the release of an audit today showing that Honolulu’s Spark M. Matsunaga VA Medical Center has the longest average wait time — 145 days — in the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs troubled system.

The wait time involves new patient primary care appointments.

“This excessive wait time is unacceptable,” said U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz in a press release. “It is clear that the VA needs additional resources to match increasing demand for health services.”

U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono, a member of the Veterans Affairs and Armed Services