By Heath Druzin: Stars & Stripes: WASHINGTON — The VA has settled with three whistleblowers who helped uncover wrongdoing at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs health system and then reported retaliation by superiors.
Phoenix VA doctor Katherine Mitchell, who testified before Congress, said she was removed as emergency room director after reporting understaffing and inadequate training; Paula Pedene said she lost her job as Phoenix VA spokeswoman and was transferred to a basement library after reporting financial mismanagement by senior officials.
A third claimant, Damian Reese, helped expose data manipulation that made patient wait times look shorter and had his performance rating downgraded after making the allegations.
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