Gulf Coast lawmakers oppose VA transfer to the region
WASHINGTON — Despite a pitch from Veterans Affairs' Secretary Robert McDonald Tuesday, Mississippi lawmakers still oppose a plan to name Skye McDougall head of the South Central VA Health Care Network, which includes Louisiana and Mississippi.
McDougall, former director of the Desert Pacific Health Care Network covering Southern California, has been accused of giving false testimony to Congress regarding how long patients have had to wait for care at VA facilities. The concern comes in the wake of a national scandal that focused attention on problems at the VA, including long wait times to see a doctor.
Some Louisiana lawmakers also oppose McDonald’s transfer.
“This is another case of the VA shuffling its employees instead of holding them accountable for their mistakes. It’s clear to me the VA wants to find a soft spot for her to land,’’ said Rep. Ralph Abraham, R-La., chairman of the Veterans’ Affairs Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs subcommittee. “Well, the South should not be a dumping ground for the VA’s unwanted employees.’’
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