Results from an internal Veterans Administration survey released this week found that employees at both the VA hospitals in Charleston and Columbia reported they were told to falsify data in order to hide long wait times.
The internal audit of VA employees found employees at those hospitals reported the cover-ups at a higher rate than the national average.
The survey found 16 percent of scheduling staff at the William J.B. Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia told investigators they had been ordered to change appointment dates. The rate was much higher at the Ralph Johnson Medical Center in Charleston at 39 percent.
The national average was around 13 percent of employees, but some hospitals in other states saw rates above 50 percent.