RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) -
The Department of Veterans Affairs responds after an audit showed that thousands of patients are waiting months to see a primary care doctor.
That audit also shows that the McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond has one of the longest wait times in the country with 72 days.
Hampton's hospital has a 68 day wait and nationally, more than 57,000 veterans are still waiting for their first appointments.
Veteran Sean Church says it's about time an audit like this came out. He's seen wait times first hand at many VA hospitals.
"There are people that are going to the VA that are unable to get appointments within 75 days," he says. "They've been talking about this close to 9 years, ever since Eric Shinseki has been in office."
Officials at McGuire say they are questioning that audit. They say that their wait time for a new patient is closer to 30 days.
"Our numbers would actually reflect lower than what's in that report," says spokesperson Darlene Edwards. "Today they would reflect in the 30s, most likely 37 days."
Other patients say they were also surprised by the negative report.
"I've never had a problem as far as getting as my appointments," says patient Jerry Davis. "They are always on time."
Even though the hospital says they have wait time around 30 days, the audit did list McGuire as one of the hospitals that needs further evaluation by the inspector general, which will happen in the next few months.