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January 30, 2020

North Texas VA Went Without a Gynecologist for Nearly 2 Years

Women veterans rely on the VA for primary and gender specific medical treatment, but a number of issues limit their access to this necessary care. A report released January 23 from the VA Office of Inspector General showed how this pervasive issue was impacting veterans in north Texas. The Dallas VA Women Veterans Health Program had no gynecologist on staff for over 22 months and lacked adequate women’s health care providers trained to provide gender specific care to the 13,000 women veterans served by the VA in North Texas. The IG Report also found that the system lacked adequate supplies, equipment, and spaces.  In response to these findings, Rep. Julia Brownley, who leads the House Women’s Veteran’s Committee stated that “when it comes to equity for women veterans, we’re clearly falling short.”