Doctor Shortages Cited in VA Scandal

    PHOENIX, AZ - MAY 08:  Exterior view of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center on May 8, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Department of Veteran Affairs has come under fire after reports of the deaths of 40 patients forced to wait for medical care at the Phoenix VA hopsital.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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    There are currently 400 vacancies out of 5,100 primary care positions in the Veterans Affairs health care system. The New York Times reports the shortage is the main driver behind the falsified data and long wait times at the Phoenix VA. “The doctors are good but they are overworked, and they feel inadequate in the face of the inordinate demands made on them,” said Senator Richard Blumenthal, a member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. Another factor cited is the tying of annual performance reviews to raises, bonuses, promotions, and benefits, which created perverse incentives to manipulate the data.

    Read it at The New York Times