VA Official Stays Involved with Manchester VA Task Force After Removal

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A top regional official at the Department of Veterans Affairs remains involved with a task force looking at the future of the Manchester VA - despite having been removed from his role as co-chair and member of that task force. Regional VA director Dr. Michael Mayo-Smith was removed because of concerns raised by the state's congressional delegation and VA whistleblowers, who say he bears some responsibility for what they're calling harmful delays in care to veterans. Veterans Health Administration Executive in Charge Dr. Carolyn Clancy announced his removal in October, saying that “it’s important to have the panel remain independent of his views." But at meetings this week, Mayo-Smith spoke by invitation about culture change and employee satisfaction....

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