Veterans Administration Should Delay Hospital Construction Projects until GAO Completes Review

HRD-77-79: Published: Apr 4, 1977. Publicly Released: Apr 4, 1977.

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The methodology the Veterans Administration (VA) used to determine the bed sizes of the eight hospitals VA plans to build over the next several years will be examined as part of an evaluation of the process VA uses to determine the bed size of new and replacement hospitals. The computer model to be used in the review is similar to the one used in a review of the need for a new naval hospital in San Diego, California. As a result of this review, the Department of Defense is now generally required to use this model in determining hospital size.

Preliminary analysis of the bed requirements at the Richmond, Virginia, and Bay Pines, Florida, facilities raises questions concerning whether the number of acute care beds planned for these two facilities is appropriate. Permitting design work to proceed on the existing architect-engineering contract would be premature and costly, as would the award of any new contracts to initiate design work.

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