Senators praise Shinseki for resigning

Eric Shinseki, veterans association
(Ass0ciated Press) - Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s U.S. senators are praising Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki’s decision to resign, saying the move must be followed by action to fix decades-old problems in veterans’ health care delivery.

Shinseki quit Friday amid growing evidence of patient delays and cover-ups in the sprawling health care system.

U.S. Sens. Richard and Chris Murphy praised Shinseki’s service in the military and after he returned to civilian life.

Blumenthal says workers in the Veteran Affairs Department lied to Shinseki and gave him false information. He says Shinseki’s successor must introduce better information systems, more doctors, more efficient patient care, and other far-reaching reforms in the agency.

Murphy says he is encouraged that the recent audit of Connecticut’s Veteran Affairs facilities showed that the state generally has wait times for care that are within acceptable standards.

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