Shinseki Breaks Silence on VA Scandal: ‘The Findings Are Reprehensible’

Today, in response to a report from the Inspector General revealing the “systemic” problems of the Veterans Affairs medical facilites, Sec. Eric Shinseki called the findings “reprehensible” and vowed to take action.

“The findings are reprehensible to me, to this Department, and to Veterans,” he said in a statement released by the VA press office, then immediately directed the Phoenix VA to “triage” the 1,700 veterans that were left off hospital waiting lists for care.

The IG’s interim report, according to POLITICO, is damning: they found so many systemic scheduling problems throughout the VA medical system that they were forced to expand their review from 26 to 42 facilities. However, they still remain unsure as to whether the delays ended in the deaths widely reported by the media, and will only come to that conclusion in August, when the full report is released.

Presumably, Shinskei will not resign, despite increasingly vocal calls from the GOP for him to do so.

[Image via Tim Shaffer / Reuters]

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