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APNewsBreak: Obama aide to oversee VA review

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is dispatching one of his closest
White House advisers to oversee a review of the beleaguered Veterans Affairs
Department as the agency grapples with allegations of treatment delays and
preventable deaths at a Phoenix veterans hospital.

White House deputy chief of staff Rob Nabors will be temporarily assigned to
the VA to work on a review focused on policies for patient safety rules and the
scheduling of patient appointments. The move signals Obama’s growing concern
over recent reports that hospital administrators in Phoenix kept an
off-the-books list to conceal long wait times as 40 veterans died waiting to get
an appointment.

The allegations have sparked a firestorm inside the VA and on Capitol Hill,
where some lawmakers have called for VA Secretary Eric Shinseki
to resign.


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