Criticism of VA Chief Shinseki Grows

Posted May 30, 2014 at 5:00am

Stars and Stripes reports that “embattled VA Secretary Eric Shinseki faced a growing chorus of calls for his resignation following a detailed and scathing report from his own inspector general that found that veterans in Phoenix waited an average of 115 days for an initial doctor visit.”  

“Coming soon after a whistleblower in Phoenix claimed that ‘secret’ waiting lists might have contributed to the deaths of 40 veterans there, the Veterans Affairs IG released an interim report Wednesday with still more stinging revelations, including that scheduling staffs at as many as 42 VA hospitals nationwide are using ‘gaming strategies’ to hide long delays in care.”  

“Soon after, Sen. John McCain, who until yesterday had urged a wait-and-see approach, called for Shinseki to step down.”