VA secretary exaggerates number of employees fired in wait time scandal

Robert McDonald, head of the Department of Veterans Affairs, said Friday his agency had proposed some form of punishment for 300 people involved in a cover-up of long delays in patient care that was exposed last year.

His statement, which appears to contradict the VA's own internal data, came shortly before he encouraged people to "fact check" information about the agency.

A list of disciplinary actions the VA provided to Congress indicates just 24 employees have faced actual or proposed punishment in cases "involving patient wait time manipulation."

While the list does indicate nearly 300 people have been subject to actual or suggested discipline, most of them do not relate to the wait time scandal, as McDonald indicated.

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