Small Argument at VA Meeting Highlights Big Rift Between Whistleblowers, Leadership

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The task force looking at the future of VA health care for New Hampshire veterans wrapped up two days of meetings Thursday. For the most part, these meetings are calm deliberations. Task force members listen to presentations, ask questions, and discuss VA issues. But a heated exchange at yesterday's meeting highlights the simmering tensions between VA whistleblowers, who went public with their concerns, and VA leadership. The comment that kicked off the conflict came from Dr. Michael Mayo-Smith. He's the network director for the VA New England Healthcare System, and he was invited by the task force to talk about culture change. As part of that discussion, he shared the results of an employee survey, which showed a significant drop in satisfaction at...

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