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By Ted Cruz
Israel saves its enemies; Hamas endangers its friends
Topic - Robert Petzel
A senior official in the Department of Veterans Affairs resigned Friday, just one day after lawmakers called for more accountability in the Phoenix VA wait list scandal.
The top official for the health care of veterans resigned Friday amid a firestorm over reported delays in care and falsified records at veterans hospitals.
The head of the American Legion on Monday took the extraordinary step of calling for the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki and two top deputies in the wake of reports that dozens of veterans have died while waiting to receive medical attention at a VA facility in Phoenix.
An official from the Veteran's Affairs Department said Wednesday that no evidence has been found yet of a secret waiting list at the VA hospital in Phoenix.
Investigators have yet to find evidence of a secret waiting list or patients who died while awaiting care in an ongoing investigation of the VA hospital in Phoenix, a Veterans Affairs official told Congress on Wednesday, contradicting explosive reports last week.
VA Undersecretary for Health Dr. Robert Petzel said he found there was a need for an independent review by the national Administrative Investigation Board "to determine the reasons for failure to follow correct procedures."
"To date, we found no evidence of a secret list and we have found no patients who have died because they've been on a wait list," Dr. Robert Petzel, under secretary for health at the Veterans Health Administration, said at a Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hearing. "If the allegations are true, they're absolutely unacceptable."