VA Officials Leaving Jobs After Scandal
In Chicago, for instance, a Chicago-based regional chief for some VA hospitals stepped down earlier in October, around the same time as some other top officials.
The New York Times: After Hospital Scandal, V.A. Officials Jump Ship
After a national scandal erupted this year over veterans dying while waiting for care at Veterans Health Administration hospitals, Congress passed a law making it easier to fire executives who were responsible for the problems, which included systemic efforts to cover up lengthy wait times that kept patients from seeing doctors (Philipps, 10/16).
Chicago Sun-Times: Two Officials With Ties To Embattled Hines Left Hines VA
Two other top officials with ties to the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital recently left their jobs -- around the same time the director of the hospital announced she was stepping down, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned. Dr. Jeffrey Murawsky, health care chief for the VA’s Chicago-based regional office, sent an Oct. 9 email that was forwarded to the Sun-Times, stating that he was resigning so he could pursue "a position outside of the Department of Veterans Affairs closer to my family in Southern Nevada." Murawsky had been nominated by President Obama to be the top health official at the Veterans Affairs Department but withdrew his name in June. There have been a slew of allegations about poor treatment at veteran’s hospitals across the country, including at Hines VA (Thomas, 10/16).