Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald on Monday announced a complete restructuring in the wake of the scandal over excessive wait times and poor care that critics blamed for patient deaths.
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The changes come a day after the secretary revealed on CBS’ “60 Minutes” his intention to fire or otherwise discipline more than 1,000 workers — and hire thousands more doctors and health care workers.
Asked during the interview how many employees should be fired, McDonald said the disciplinary report given to the Veterans Affairs committees in the House and the Senate “has about 35 names on it” and he’s got “another report that has over 1,000” names. All VA firings are subject to review by an administrative judge, complicating any push to remove employees.