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Updated May 1, 2014 - 6:28 pm

2 Arizona congressmen applaud moves at Phoenix VA

PHOENIX — Two Arizona congressmen are applauding news that top
administrators at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care Center now are on
administrative leave amid allegations of gross mismanagement and neglect at the
facility.

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki said the officials
include director Sharon Helman, associate Lance Robinson and an unidentified
third employee.

Congressman Matt Salmon said Shinseki “made the right decision” and he’s
looking forward “to a swift and complete investigation” into the allegations.

Congressman David Schweikert said the move “is a step in the right
direction.”

The Phoenix Veterans Health Care Center has been under fire over allegations
that up to 40 patients may have died because of delays in care. To hide delays
in treatment, the hospital allegedly kept a secret list of patients waiting for
appointments.

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