After months of increased accountability, the VA has tightened its operations amidst complaints of unreasonable patient wait times and inefficient organization and practices.
There has been a lot of turnover in the VA administration, mostly due to legislation passed last summer that set in place rules to expedite firings of employees.
But unfortunately, many top officials involved in the most prominent problem areas were either eligible for retirement or resigned to avoid the repercussions of their actions. This includes executives involved with the complaints of slow patient wait times and poor access for patients, as well as budget and efficiency crises on the local level.
The VA hopes that their investigations into efficiency won’t have a negative connotation among employees; they plan to recognize good performance revealed in the investigations, as well. But they hope employees will take them seriously and view this accountability as a way to keep the VA systems as efficient and effective as possible.
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