By Matthew Daly / The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The Veterans Affairs Department is offering relief to more than two dozen employees who faced retaliation after filing whistleblower complaints about wrongdoing at VA hospitals and clinics nationwide.
The corrective actions follow settlements reached last year with three employees who reported widespread problems at the Phoenix VA hospital at the heart of a scandal involving chronic delays for veterans seeking care and falsified waiting lists covering up the delays.
The latest actions offer relief to about 25 VA employees, including a doctor who was reprimanded after reporting significant errors at a Maryland clinic and a nurse manager in Washington state who was fired after refusing to alter a performance evaluation for a subordinate.
The independent Office of Special Counsel announced settlement of the complaints on Tuesday.