Employee alleges ongoing cover-up at Phoenix VA hospital

Exterior view of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center on May 8, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Christian Petersen, Getty Images)
Exterior view of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center on May 8, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Christian Petersen, Getty Images)
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Updated: 6/24 12:53 pm

PHOENIX (AP) — A Veterans Affairs hospital employee in Phoenix, Arizona has claimed there is an ongoing cover-up of patient deaths at the facility.

Scheduling clerk Pauline DeWenter also said she was the person who maintained a "secret list" of veterans who waited months for appointments.

DeWenter spoke with the Arizona Republic Monday and also did interviews with CNN. She told the Republic she has spoken to VA Office of Inspector General investigators about the list, turned over evidence and reported her suspicions of a cover-up.

That cover-up allegedly involves someone changing entries on the records of veterans who died while awaiting care. 

DeWenter said she entered "deceased" on the records and someone later changed the entry to "entered in error" and "no longer needed." She says some of the changes happened in recent weeks.

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