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Local VA clinic among worst for non-emergency wait times

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ATHENS, TN (WRCB) - If you or a loved one has been a patient at the VA clinic in Athens, this may not come as a surprise, officials say that clinic is among the worst for long waits for non- emergency care.
Tennessee VA officials blame staffing shortages at several of the state's rural and small-town clinics.
At the Athens clinic about 15 percent of appointments were delayed at least 31 days.
To put that in perspective, the national average was a little less than 3 percent delayed.
A VA spokeswoman said officials are working to add staff.

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