Baldwin introduces bill to create more VA doctors

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin has introduced legislation aimed at increasing the number of doctors at Veterans Affairs medical centers and reducing wait times.

The Wisconsin Democrat said in a statement Thursday that the bill would create 2,000 residency positions over five years at Veterans Affairs hospitals nationwide. Residency is the next step in doctors' training following medical school.

The bill also would require the VA to allocate the residency positions based on doctor shortages at its facilities and to prioritize training for specialists who are needed.

The legislation introduced Tuesday has support from the Medical College of Wisconsin and the medical school at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

A similar bill has been introduced in the U.S. House by Democratic Reps. Dina Titus, of Nevada, and Mark Takano, of California.

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