Sen. Jack Reed is calling on Congress to address the systemic challenges plaguing the VA healthcare system.
Reed made the statement just hours after Veterans Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned amid a growing cover up of long wait times for healthcare. Reed said the next secretary needs to start the job with a top to bottom review of what’s causing the backlog.
“With that will come also an analysis with what are the resources we need to fix it,” said Reed. “And then they have to come to us, and they should come to us, and we should demand that they come to us to say ‘we need more resources.’”
Reed said anyone found to have cooked the books or have helped in the cover up should be prosecuted and held accountable.
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