Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson says he expects to have a plan in place to take “personnel actions” against employees responsible for manipulating patient wait lists at one VA medical center by the end of this week. The medical center he is referring to was not disclosed, but he says it is not the one in Phonenix, the center that has been the focus of the waiting list scandal. He says the investigative process:
takes a long time. And nobody is more frustrated about that than I am.
He says investigators from the Office of Inspector General are at 70 locations, and he needs to wait for each investigation to be complete before anyone can be fired.
Until people actually see those consequences I think they still don’t trust it’s a serious thing. I want to set the tone.