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VA review finds 'significant and chronic' failures

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 27, 2014 at 4:38 pm •  Published: June 27, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — A review of the Veterans Affairs health care system by a top White House aide has concluded that there are, quote, "significant and chronic systemic failures" that the VA's leadership must address.

A summary of the review by deputy White House chief of staff Rob Nabors says the Veterans Health Administration must be restructured and that a, quote, "corrosive culture" has hurt morale and affected the timeliness of health care.

The review also found that a 14-day standard for scheduling veterans' medical appointments is unrealistic and has been susceptible to manipulation.

The White House released a summary of the review following President Barack Obama's meeting Friday with Nabors and Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson.

The review includes a series of recommendations, including a need for more doctors and support staff.