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VA exec cites leadership failure in scandal over long waits, says more workers face discipline

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    U.S. Veterans Administration Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson speaks during the opening session of the National Order of the Purple Heart National Convention in Denver, Tuesday Aug. 5, 2014. Gibson says more employees will be disciplined as the department sorts out a scandal over long waits for health care and falsified data. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) (The Associated Press)

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    U.S. Veterans Administration Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson, left, shakes hands with Vietnam veteran Mike Mescavage before the opening session of the National Order of the Purple Heart National Convention in Denver, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. Gibson says more employees will be disciplined as the department sorts out a scandal over long waits for health care and falsified data. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) (The Associated Press)

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    U.S. Veterans Administration Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson speaks with attendees during the opening session of the National Order of the Purple Heart National Convention in Denver, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. Gibson says more employees will be disciplined as the department sorts out a scandal over long waits for health care and falsified data. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) (The Associated Press)

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    U.S. Veterans Administration Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson, right, and combat veteran Wendy Buckingham salute a color guard during the opening session of the National Order of the Purple Heart National Convention, at which Buckingham serves as Women Veterans Issues Director, in Denver, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. Gibson says more employees will be disciplined as the department sorts out a scandal over long waits for health care and falsified data. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) (The Associated Press)

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    Attendees pray during the invocation at the opening of the National Order of the Purple Heart National Convention in Denver, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. U.S. Veterans Administration Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson says more employees will be disciplined as the department sorts out a scandal over long waits for health care and falsified data. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) (The Associated Press)

Deputy VA Secretary Sloan Gibson says failed leadership is one reason some veterans hospitals are falling short even while others are excelling.

Gibson told a convention of wounded veterans in Denver Tuesday that more Veterans Affairs Department employees will be disciplined as the agency tries to root out the causes of a scandal over long waits for health care and falsified data.

Gibson plans to visit the Denver veterans hospital on Wednesday before leaving Colorado to tour facilities in Seattle and Portland, Oregon.

The VA has been shaken by reports that veterans died while waiting for treatment and allegations that workers falsified records to cover up the delays.

The agency announced last week that it planned to fire two supervisors and discipline four other employees in Colorado and Wyoming.

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