Veterans Affairs

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. David Shulkin is traveling to Delaware to visit the VA Medical Center in Wilmington.

Shulkin is scheduled to join Sen. Tom Carper on Monday to meet with members of Delaware's veterans community and to hold a roundtable discussion. 

Shulkin was nominated by President Donald Trump to serve as the ninth Secretary of Veterans Affairs.  He was confirmed by the Senate in a unanimous vote in February.

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There is a report that Eastern Shore Congressman Andy Harris is under consideration to head the National Institutes of Health.

CQ Roll Call quoted a statement from one of the Republican’s aides.

In a statement the Maryland congressman said he would be very willing to take a job in the Trump administration including a post at NIH or the Food and Drug Administration.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that a spokesperson for his office would only confirm that he is being considered.

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Congressman John Carney says he is outraged that he has not received an inspector general’s report on the problems at Veterans Affairs two years after the scandal first surfaced.

The Department’s watchdog group looked into 73 VA facilities and found scheduling problems in 51 cases.

The inspector general found problems at the Wilmington VA that resulted in disciplinary actions several months ago.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the Delaware Democrat complains he still had not gotten the full picture so that congress can address the problems.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A VA Maryland Health Care System official says the system is reaching out to as many health care providers in Baltimore and Baltimore County to address an average wait time of 81 days for new patients seeking a primary care physician.

Dr. Adam Robinson, the system's chief of staff, said in a telephone interview Tuesday with The Associated Press that he was "disturbed" and "embarrassed" by findings in an audit by the U.S. Veterans Affairs Department.