Shinseki officially submitted his resignation to the President last Friday afternoon. The former Secretary of VA Affairs, stated that he may have been too trusting of the reports submitted to his office in regards to patients' wait time. Shinseki hopes that his resignation will divert public attention back to the most important matter at hand, improving the medical care of our veterans. This article shares more about Shinseki's resignation and his meeting with the President.
President Barack Obama said Friday that he decided to accept Eric Shinseki's resignation after previously supporting his Veterans Affairs secretary because of Shinseki's "belief that he would be a distraction from" making the needed fixes to the troubled VA medical system. Obama said problems with VA reporting systems "did not surface to the level" where Shinseki or the White House were aware of them. Obama said there was "a need for a change in culture" at veterans hospitals "and perhaps the VA as a whole" to make sure that problems and "bad news" don't get covered up, but get reported and fixed.