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VA chief Eric Shinseki pledges urgent healthcare fixes
VA chief Eric Shinseki pledges urgent healthcare fixes

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki called in leaders of key veterans groups Thursday and pledged to keep VA hospitals open nights and weekends if necessary to set up speedy appointments for veterans whose long waits for medical care have triggered a growing crisis at the massive agency. As bipartisan pressure mounted in Congress for his resignation, Shinseki said he would announce as early as Friday new steps to hold VA employees accountable, including personnel changes and the option for veterans to seek private-sector care, according to participants at the hourlong meeting. "I got the idea that there might be some heads that will roll," said Garry Augustine,...

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