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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Chairman Miller Reacts to SVAC VA Medical Care Hearing, VA Personnel Changes


SOURCE: House Veterans' Affairs Committee press release

http://veterans.house.gov/press-release/miller-reacts-to-svac-va-medical-care-hearing-va-personnel-changes


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Chairman Miller Reacts to SVAC VA Medical Care Hearing, VA Personnel Changes

MAY 15, 2014
“After Sec. Shinseki’s out-of-touch performance today, it’s no wonder President Obama felt compelled to assign someone from the White House to help clean up the mess at the department. Had the president heeded our calls last year to help address the growing pattern of preventable deaths and patient safety incidents at VA medical centers across the country, perhaps VA would not find itself mired in the scandal it is today. While I appreciate the fact that the president has assigned a crisis manager to help deal with what is indeed a crisis, I have no confidence whatsoever an internal VA review will yield results that are either accurate or useful. VA officials in Washington have known about problems with medical care access for at least six years and have failed to fix them. That’s why the only way we can begin to fix VA’s delays in care problem is via an independent bipartisan commission. Anything less is unacceptable.   – Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs
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