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  • VA Chief Wants to Get Rid of Healthcare Deadwood

    ‘Accountability’ comes up repeatedly at hospital association meeting

  • by Joyce Frieden
    News Editor, MedPage Today

WASHINGTON — Getting rid of under-performing employees and hiring more healthcare professionals are just a few of the ways that Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin, MD, wants to improve the healthcare provided by his agency.

“Part of what we have had to do is to say that not everybody has the right or privilege to work at the VA,” said Shulkin at the American Hospital Association annual meeting on Monday. “When people lose their values, or deviate from our purpose or what our mission is, they lose that right.”