HOUSTON -- U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, today issued the following statement regarding a preliminary report issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Inspector General in response to recent allegations of negligence and deception at VA facilities in Arizona, Texas and across the country. The report confirmed that “scheduling schemes” are "systemic throughout" the Department of Veterans Affairs health system.
“Hundreds of our nation’s heroes have disappeared from the appointment books and been denied medical care at the hands of scheming bureaucrats focused on their own financial gain, instead of the health and well-being of America’s veterans. This is a sad day for our nation and the only fitting response in the short-term is for the President to direct the FBI to investigate these reports immediately.”
Sen. Cornyn called for VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign on May 6, 2014. Additionally, he has asked President Obama to withdraw his nomination of Dr. Jeffrey Murawsky to serve as Under Secretary of Health at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Murawsky is a career administrator whose own tenure raises serious concerns, including previously serving as the direct supervisor of the current director of the Phoenix VA System.
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