VA fires 3 more Phoenix executives in wait-time scandal

By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs says it has fired three more executives at the troubled Phoenix veterans hospital where a national scandal erupted two years ago over secret waiting lists and unnecessary deaths.

Dr. Darren Deering, the hospital’s chief of staff, was fired Tuesday, along with Lance Robinson, the hospital’s associate director, and Brad Curry, chief of health administration services. Robinson and Curry recently returned to work at the VA after being placed on leave in May 2014 as the wait-time scandal emerged.

Deputy VA Secretary Sloan Gibson said he was disappointed it took so long for the executives to be removed, but said the firings should help VA “move past” the wait-time scandal that has consumed the agency for two years. The hospital’s former director was fired in 2014.

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