May 28, 2014

Pressure grows on VA chief Eric Shinseki to quit after critical report

By Phillip Carter

Source: Los Angeles Times

Journalist(s) Richard Simon, Cindy Carcamo

A scathing report finding a systemic problem at Veterans Affairs medical facilities nationwide, including manipulation of records to mask long waits for appointments, fueled new calls Wednesday for VA chief Eric K. Shinseki's resignation.

As the number of sites under investigation grew to 42, up from the 26 previously reported, the allegations over VA medical care have mushroomed into an election-year issue and become a major political headache for the Obama administration.

"We are finding that inappropriate scheduling practices are a systemic problem nationwide," said the interim report, which identified 1,700 veterans at the Phoenix VA Health Care System waiting for an appointment but not on a waiting list and therefore "at risk of being forgotten or lost" in the scheduling process.

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  • Phillip Carter

    Senior Fellow and Director, Military, Veterans, and Society Program

    Phillip Carter is Senior Fellow and Director of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program at the Center for a New American Security.  His research focuses on issues facing v...