Many VA health care positions remain vacant
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Feb 22, 2019
There are nearly 49,000 empty health care positions within Department of Veterans Affairs, and union officials say the vacancies are “unconscionable” and part of a concerted effort by the Trump administration to drain resources from the agency, Military Times reports.
According to the report, even with just under 12 percent of the 420,000-plus jobs unfilled at the agency, department officials say the vacancy rate is normal, and that they've had a net increase of more than 3,000 employees last quarter.
Union officials contend that the administration has been slow to fill the vacancies—which are an important factor in reducing wait times and appointment backlogs throughout the system—while at the same time has been pushing for new rules covering medical appointments at private-sector hospitals, the article notes, adding that Democrats in Congress have promised to address the hiring issue in coming months, and new employee recruitment is also expected to grow within the year.