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Robert Petzel

Top VA health official resigns under fire

By Associated Press
Posted: May 16, 2014 - 2:45 pm ET

The top official for veterans healthcare has resigned amid a firestorm over long appointment waits, treatment delays and falsified records at VA hospitals.

Veterans Secretary Eric Shinseki says he has accepted the resignation of Dr. Robert Petzel, undersecretary for healthcare at the VA. It comes the day after both men were grilled by the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs.

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Whistleblowers say there were efforts to cover up the deaths of up to 40 veterans while they were awaiting appointments at the department's giant medical center in Phoenix.

Shinseki says most vets are satisfied with the quality of care they get, but more must be done to "improve timely access to that care."

Petzel announced in September he planned to retire in 2014.

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