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VA Scandal Could Lead to More Turnover

VA Scandal Could Lead to More Turnover
March 17
11:10 2016

Additional top officials with the VA Hospital in Phoenix are in jeopardy of losing their jobs. According to published reports, three of the facility’s leaders may soon be given pink slips by the Department of Veterans Affairs. It represents more fallout from the appointment scandal in 2014 when a reported forty veterans died just waiting for a chance to see a doctor.

Two weeks ago the former head of the hospital at the time of the scandal, Sharon Helman, pleaded guilty to filing false income reports. While the charge wasn’t directly related to the scandal, it did permanently label Helman a convicted felon. She was eventually fired, but she apparently fought it every step of the way.

Now the government is going after the hospital’s associate director, chief of staff and the chief of health administration services.

In response to the Veteran’s Affairs office action, Arizona 1st District US Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick said she was unhappy at the turtle-like response to the scandal.

“The horrific Phoenix VA scandal demanded action and accountability, but a full two years later, neither has happened swiftly or thoroughly,” said Kirkpatrick. “Leaders who have failed our veterans should be removed, but that’s not enough. The system itself has failed our veterans, and we cannot rest until it is fixed. When every veteran has access to the timely, quality care he or she has earned, that’s when we will know it is fixed.”

Another person quoted as being filled with disgusted with the slowness by which action has been taken is Sloan Gibson, who is the Deputy VA Secretary.

In a release from his office, he added that all of the work and publicity associated with the aftermath of the scandal have been a distraction to the improvements being made in Phoenix and across the country at VA facilities.

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