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VA moves to fire Phoenix officials

The Department of Veterans Affairs on March 15 announced it had issued notices of proposed removal to three senior officials at the Phoenix VA Health Care System.

The Department of Veterans Affairs on March 15 announced it had issued notices of proposed removal to three senior officials at the Phoenix VA Health Care System.

More than two years ago, the Phoenix system was the scene of initial allegations of poor patient care and employee misconduct that eventually spread to engulf the entire department and sparked a wave of reforms across the organization.

In this latest move, VA proposed the removal of Lance Robinson, the facility’s associate director; Brad Curry, chief of health administration service; and Dr. Darren Deering, chief of staff.

 “Frankly, I am disappointed that it took as long as it did for proposed actions to be made but I am satisfied that we carefully reviewed a massive amount of evidence to ensure the accountability actions are supported,” said VA Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson. “These cases have served as a distraction to the progress being made to improve the care we provide in Phoenix and across the nation. Today marks an important step in moving past the events of the past and refocusing solely on caring for our nation’s veterans.”

Deborah Amdur was appointed as the new Phoenix health care system director in November.

See more at: www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=2765.

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