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PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Arizona House members are requesting updates from the Phoenix VA system on its progress.

This comes amid investigations into extreme wait times and scheduling procedures that allegedly resulted in the deaths of at least 40 veterans.

The House members of the Arizona Congressional Delegation sent a letter to the Phoenix VA Healthcare System on Wednesday requesting a bi-monthly briefing on the status and progress made in providing veterans access to healthcare.

Janey Pearl, a spokeswoman for the House, released the letter:

"The VA Access Audit found that new patient average wait times at the Phoenix VA Health Care System were 54 days, 46 days and 41 days, respectively, for primary, specialty and mental healthcare. These wait times are completely unacceptable. The disclosures of these wait times are revealing and illustrate the need for continuous action and oversight until veterans in Arizona have timely access to care.

"To that end, we request a bi-monthly briefing on PVAHCS's plan to reduce wait times, leverage community providers, and once achieved, maintain timely access to appropriate levels of care for our veterans. We want to see that you are executing your project plan on time and on budget, and providing our veterans with timely access to quality care."

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