The Department of Veterans Affairs is under investigation after the suicide of a veteran, who died in a Phoenix hospital while awaiting treatment for a heart condition.
A senior official at the VA’s Phoenix regional hospital said in a statement Friday that the patient was one of a small group of people who have been in continuous care at the facility, and had received no care since July of last year.
The official said the patient had received multiple prescriptions for the same drug but had been placed on a waiting list for months.
The hospital said Friday that it has opened a separate clinical review of the case.
The VA said it would cooperate with investigators.
President Donald Trump and VA Secretary David Shulkin issued a joint statement Friday expressing their condolences and the agency’s determination to continue providing quality care to all of its beneficiaries.
The department has been under a spotlight for a number of years over high patient wait times at some VA facilities, including in Phoenix.
Shulkins announced the creation of a new leadership team at the agency in July, pledging to improve patient care and bring down wait times.
The Phoenix VA, where the patient died, is one of the most troubled hospitals in the nation, and the number of deaths in Phoenix has increased by 30 percent since 2014.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.