Denham Statement Calling for the Resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki

May 28, 2014 Issues: Health, Veterans

WASHINGTON — Following tonight’s Veterans Affairs committee hearing and the Department of Veterans Affairs’ inability to respond to repeated requests for information, U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) released the following statement calling for the resignation of Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki:

“In the days following disturbing reports of secret waiting lists created at the Phoenix Park Veterans Affairs Medical Center, we have now learned that this gross mistreatment of our nation’s finest men and women is happening across the country. The way our veterans have been treated in Phoenix and multiple other VA hospitals nationwide is nothing short of criminal.

“One of my most serious responsibilities is to the Central Valley’s veterans. They deserve transparency and quality care. I’ve requested a full review of the Palo Alto VA Medical Center’s scheduling practices to ensure that we are providing the very best care possible and I will not rest until I have answers from our local VA.

“We now know that these problems are widespread and systemic. The Department of Veterans Affairs must have new leadership. Sec. Shinseki has served his country honorably, but we can’t expect accountability within the VA if it doesn’t start at the top. Sec. Shinseki must step down, and drastic changes must take place in order to ensure our veterans receive the care they deserve.”