- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 8, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says it has officially fired three senior officials at the Phoenix VA Health Care System.

Wednesday’s moves follow the department’s March announcement proposing the firings of Lance Robinson, Brad Curry and Dr. Darren Deering.

Robinson was assistant director at the Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center, Curry was the chief of Health Administration Service and Deering was the hospital’s chief of staff.

VA officials say the three were fired for “negligent performance of duties and failure to provide effective oversight for not ensuring veterans were either properly scheduled for appointments or placed on an appropriate wait list.”

A national scandal erupted two years ago over secret waiting lists and unnecessary deaths at the Phoenix veterans hospital.

Robinson, Curry and Deering can appeal their dismissals.

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