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Published On: Fri, May 16th, 2014

VA Head Eric Shinseki won’t resign as the investigation of coverup continues

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki told the Senate committee on Thursday that he was “mad as hell” about allegations of deadly waiting times and coverup at VA hospitals and reaffirmed that he doesn’t plan on resigning.

Eric Shinseki VA Affairs testify congressThe retired Army general countered angry legislators and then aggressive journalists with a consistent message, arguing it was too soon to cast blame and vowing decisive action if an inspector general’s investigation finds proof that VA workers manipulated waiting lists to cover up long delays for veterans seeking health care.

CNN revealed that at least 40 veterans died waiting for appointments at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system, according to sources inside the hospital and a doctor who worked there. Many were placed on a secret waiting list, the sources said.

“Any allegation, any adverse incident like this makes me mad as hell,” Shinseki said, urging the legislators to wait for the investigation’s finding before trying to resolve a complex set of problems. His assurance that “we will act” on any substantiated allegation angered senators from both parties who insisted the problems are real and need immediate action.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who represents the state where the scandal broke, said the problems have created a “crisis of confidence.” 

“We should all be ashamed,” said McCain, a Vietnam veteran. 

Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., who has called for the secretary’s resignation, accused Shinseki of being in “damage control” and not taking the action that is necessary to correct the system. 

VA facilities in South Carolina, Florida, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Washington state have also been linked to delays in patient care or poor oversight. An internal probe of a Colorado clinic found that staff had been instructed to falsify records to cover up delayed care at a Fort Collins facility.

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