WASHINGTON – Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin is the warning of the VA is “still in critical condition” despite the efforts to reduce the waiting times for medical appointments and expand the care in the private sector.
In a “State of the VA” report released Wednesday, he points to decades of decay and bloated bureaucracy.
He has a blunt diagnosis: “There is a lot of work to do.”
Veterans can get “same day” services at medical centers, but are still too long to wait for a new appointment in about 30 locations throughout the country. Many primary care centers are understaffed. Inventory systems of the various facilities are very outdated, and employee responsibility “it is clearly broken.”
Shulkin says the VA had about 1,500 disciplinary actions against employees pending, citing legal requirements, wait for at least a month for taking action for misconduct.