Phoenix VA scandal: Former employee says he 'unknowingly' worked on the so-called VA secret list

PHOENIX - A second-whistle blower is breaking is silence regarding allegations of a secret waiting list at the Phoenix VA Hospital.

Troy Bermusch, a veteran who served two tours in Iraq, worked for the VA and scheduled appointments for patients, including new patients.

He said a month after he started working at the VA, the training changed. He now feels that this new training involved the so-called secret list.

"We would pull up the demographic page that had their name on it and contact info. We would print that page out and flip it over and write 'new patient' and the date," he said.

From there, Bermusch, claims those papers were taken to a different office where staff members would then call new patients when an appointment became available.

"I had asked a few times, 'Why are we printing this page off and sending it somewhere when we as MSA's could just put them on the electronic waiting list?' I never got a direct answer,'" he said.

After the allegations against the VA went public, Bermusch felt everything made sense.

"That's why they had us printing those papers out. We were unknowingly participating in this whole process," he said.

Bermusch was fired from the VA in 2003 and has a case pending against the VA with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. 

"People watching might say 'you are a disgruntled employee.' I'm absolutely not because I want to go back to and work for the VA. That's my goal,'" he said.

He also hopes that the corruption within the VA will be fixed.

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