Phoenix VA director put on administrative leave amid allegations of secret wait list, deaths

Veterans Affairs put a top hospital official on leave indefinitely this week after allegations that the Phoenix facility she headed delayed care for more than 1,400 veterans, leading to the death of at least 40, according to Reuters. Director Sharon Helman is on administrative leave "until further notice" during the Veterans Affairs inspector general's investigation into the allegations over secret wait lists, said Eric Shinseki, secretary of Veterans Affairs. Republican Reps. Matt Salmon, Trent Franks and David Schweikert urged Helman to step down in letter to her, saying "drastic changes need to be made to ensure that this never happens again," FierceHealthcare previously reported. Samuel Foote, M.D., who worked for the Phoenix VA for more than two decades before his retirement in December, brought the allegations to Congress, claiming supervisors ignored his complaints. Article