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Posted: Monday, June 16th, 2014 10:30 AM HST

Hawaii VA director says he won't resign

By Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) The head of Hawaii's Veterans Affairs hospital says he will not resign after U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard called for him to be fired.

VA Pacific Islands Health Care System director Wayne Pfeffer said Friday that he apologized to congressional staffers for any misunderstanding about how long veterans wait for health care.

Gabbard says Pfeffer was dishonest about wait times for veterans trying to get health care. An internal audit says new patients in Hawaii wait 145 days to see a primary care physician.

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz says he was told staffers in the VA hospital were deleting information about wait times.

Pfeffer says he and his top staff are not deleting information. He says he wants to know more to take appropriate action.

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