VA Top Doc Calls It Quits
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Monday, May 19, 2014 08:14 AM

Robert Petzel M.D., the man in charge of healthcare for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), resigned Friday in the wake of a growing scandal over the care provided to veterans at various VA healthcare facilities.  According to CNN, at least 40 veterans died waiting for appointments at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system in Arizona. Many patients were placed on a secret waiting list, the news outlet's sources said.

"Today, I accepted the resignation of Dr. Robert Petzel, Undersecretary for Health in the Department of Veterans Affairs," Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki said in a statement issued Friday. "As we know from the veteran community, most veterans are satisfied with the quality of their VA healthcare, but we must do more to improve timely access to that care."

"I am committed to strengthening veterans' trust and confidence in their VA healthcare system."