Dr. Daley said that while there have been heartening "inroads'' in this area, much more needs to be done to prevent potentially lethal problems, especially avoidable hospital-acquired infections.
That veterans have to wait excessively to be treated is not the fault of the VA. The real reason is that that there is a shortage of doctors and not only for veterans but for the whole country.
Let's take a look back at how the VA mortgage program has helped millions of veterans over the past seven decades.
Leadership problems are one thing, but the culture a leader creates has the ability to either accomplish great things, or magnify incompetence. At whatever level you lead, do your best to create a great organizational culture.
Don't get me wrong. I have no beef with public servants, and I'm not looking for a referendum on bureaucrats. But, I do think we expect too much from government and too little from ourselves.
The federal HR community faces a litany of woes: limits placed on new hiring, inflexible hiring procedures that often discourage or rule out high-qual...
Making medical care more accessible is great, and the long-term goal of building new facilities and refurbishing old ones sounds great. But let's address the real problem: the VA system as a whole, the staggering bureaucracy it's become, and its culture of unaccountability.
To prevent a repeat of this tragedy, the new Secretary of Veterans Affairs and the leaders of the Phoenix Health Care System (HCS) must quickly turn to a third question: "How can the facility solve its seemingly unsolvable patient access problem?"
Congress has both an opportunity and an imperative to plan for the future federal workforce, but to do it properly, it must revamp the system that supports it.
No system is without its flaws, and the VA is no exception. There are more than 14,000 full-time physicians in the VA system, many of whom have passed up higher paying or more prestigious jobs to work with veterans. The problem is an issue of access, not quality of care.
There is a deep and urgent need for Americans to understand that the current problems within certain VA facilities are not rampant and system-wide. And I would bet my life that the nurses and staff at the centers being investigated carry out their duties with the same compassion and caring that my father-in-law is receiving at this very moment.
In responding to media reports, led by the Aurora Sentinel, that he voted against funds to reduce delays at Veterans Administration hospitals, Rep. Mi...
Contrary to what many in the conservative media have desperately suggested in recent days, unions are not the reason why the VA is facing a crisis over delays in providing health care to our nation's war heroes. In fact, unions are the solution.
With all due respect to Sen. McCain, I have a different take on this. I, too, am outraged by the lack of care that many of our veterans have received, but I'm not at all bewildered by it. In fact, I saw it coming for years.
I was surprised at the number of people who are blaming the former Secretary of the VA for Congress' inability to do their job outside of partisan bickering and exchanging political favors for VA funding in their home districts.
In five out of the last six months, in fact, Obama's numbers have gotten better. He is now roughly where he was right before the impact of the Obamacare website rollout hit his approval rating.