The Department of Veterans Affairs, which for months delayed an investigation of Phoenix VA hospital officials to ensure the probe was carried out properly, has seen its inquiry disrupted because national leaders appointed a key investigator who had a conflict of interest.
The Arizona Republic has confirmed that a snafu forced the VA to suspend its so-called Administrative Investigation Board, convened to review multiple misconduct allegations involving executives in the Phoenix VA Health Care System.
The Veterans Health Administration declined to explain what went wrong or who was to blame. In an e-mail, agency spokeswoman Jessica Jacobsen said the inquiry “continues and has not been terminated … (but) we cannot comment on the ongoing investigation at this time.”
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Revelations last year about misconduct and delayed care in the Phoenix VA Health Care System led to nationwide investigations, congressional hearings and reforms. Flawed psychiatric services have been a key issue in the crisis