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Western Mass. VA has 10th longest wait times in nation

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NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WHDH) - A VA hospital in western Massachusetts is ranked among the worst in the country for wait times.

The VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System in Northampton is ranked the tenth worst, with an average wait time  of 67 days.

Workers say the facility is understaffed and that if the facility was bigger, it would better serve the veterans.

However, Congress has made a move to stop the delays in treatment. In a unanimous vote, it approved legislation that would allow VA patients to go to local doctors and the VA could cover the cost.

This comes after evidence surfaced that workers at some VA facilities tried to cover up delays.
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