Finally, after 2 years, we’re told the VA will seek to to fire 3 officials involved in the Phoenix wait-list scandal. The problem? It’s take them 2 years simply to get to this point, which is the beginning of the removal process. It could take another 700 days, while those being removed will still receive their full pay. Yeah, this madness has to stop.

Via Arizona Republic.

The Department of Veterans Affairs said Tuesday that it will seek the firing of three top executives of the Phoenix VA Health Care System amid fallout from the hospital’s wait-list scandal and patient deaths that galvanized nationwide reforms of the troubled veterans health system.

The VA issued “notices of proposed removal” for Phoenix VA Associate Director Lance Robinson; Dr. Darren Deering, the hospital’s chief of staff; and Brad Curry, chief of health administration services. These executives will no longer serve in those positions but may fight their removals under a federal appeals process, officials said…

Deering will still be allowed to draw his pay while he is the subject of the administrative investigation, a process that can be drawn out 700 days or longer. An Asbury Park Press database of federal employees shows that Deering collected a salary of $246,000 per year in his position as chief of staff.

Last month, former Phoenix VA Director Sharon Helman, who was fired in 2014, pleaded guilty to filing a false financial disclosure that failed to list more than $50,000 in gifts she had received from a lobbyist.


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  1. dennisl59 says:

    All the bluster and BS from Daddy Trump can’t solve this problem. It’s embedded in the massive faceless bureaucratic system, that needs reform from the Congress, but they’re impotent, empty suits that hold hearings with no result for the veterans.

    And while we’re at it, someone ask Trump where all the money went from his rallies that were supposed to be given to targeted veteran charities.

    posted 3/16 1057pm Texas[Cruz Country]Time

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