A federal review of Topeka's hospital for veterans clears the clinic of misconduct but says it struggles with a shortage of specialists and low staffing levels

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A federal review of Topeka’s hospital for veterans clears the clinic of misconduct but says it struggles with a shortage of specialists and low staffing levels.

The report released Monday by the Office of Inspector General says the Colmery-O’Neil VA Medical Center experienced delays, increased lengths of stay and patient transfers because of the staffing shortage and lack of specialists.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the inspector general reviewed patient records from April 2016 to March 2017 after receiving anonymous complaints.

Joseph Burks, a regional VA spokesman, says after the inspectors’ visit, the clinic secured an agreement to transfer patients to other hospitals to address the staffing shortage. The medical center also has begun a cardiology services agreement. Burks says officials are generally pleased with the results of the inspection.

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Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com