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VA official resigns in wake of scandal over wait times, care

VA official resigns in wake of scandal over wait times, care

WASHINGTON — A top official at the Department of Veterans Affairs has resigned amid the growing scandal about wait times and care at veterans’ hospitals, the department’s leader said Friday.

News about the resignation of Dr. Robert Petzel, undersecretary for health in the Department of Veterans Affairs, came one day after he spoke at a Senate hearing about the issue alongside Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki.

In a short statement, Shinseki announced that he accepted Petzel’s resignation Friday.

“As we know from the veteran community, most veterans are satisfied with the quality of their VA health care, but we must do more to improve timely access to that care,” Shinseki said. “I am committed to strengthening veterans’ trust and confidence in their VA healthcare system.”

Petzel was scheduled to retire sometime this year, the department said in 2013.

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