It's probably a fair assumption that delays in medical diagnoses contributed to the deaths. This story was a continuation of earlier reports, one of which stated:You do not know that. That is apparently what they want you to believe but they didn't back it up, or even say those 40 died because of the wait.
For all we know those forty died of car accidents while on the waiting list.
So like I said, there is a lot of information missing.
At least 19 veterans have died because of delays in simple medical screenings like colonoscopies or endoscopies, at various VA hospitals or clinics, CNN has learned.
That's according to an internal document from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, obtained exclusively by CNN, that deals with patients diagnosed with cancer in 2010 and 2011... The veterans were part of 82 vets who have died or are dying or have suffered serious injuries as a result of delayed diagnosis or treatment for colonoscopies or endoscopies.
Veterans dying because of health care delays - CNN.com
The link to that story was embedded in the story concerning the Phoenix system in the following paragraph:
For six months, CNN has been reporting on extended delays in health care appointments suffered by veterans across the country and who died while waiting for appointments and care. But the new revelations about the Phoenix VA are perhaps the most disturbing and striking to come to light thus far.