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Local VA: We welcome audits

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A "face-to-face audit" across all of the nation's VA clinics begins today, including at two located in the Tampa Bay area.

Veterans Affairs secretary Eric Shinseki has ordered the audit following several scathing reports.

James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital in Tampa and the C.W. "Bill" Young VA Medical Center at Bay Pines are the two locations here that will be audited.

There is no indication that any negligence happened at these locations.

It comprises of Florida, southern Georgia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Every VA facility in the country servicing more than 10,000 patients will be audited.

Shinseki ordered the audits after several media outlets reported as many as 40 patients in Phoenix died while waiting for care, and there was an effort to cover up the problems.

USA Today and other media reported clerks at a VA facility in Ft. Collins, Colo., were told to falsify documents to make it seem patients were being seen in a timely manner.

The allegations come on the heels of stories that at least 23 patients nationwide - including three in the VA Sunshine Healthcare Network - died because of delays in treatment.

On Monday, a spokesman for the VA told FOX 13's that they welcome the audit.

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