2014-05-16T220845Z_1_CBREA4E1GEZ00_RTROPTP_2_USA-POLITICS-SHINSEKI

Top U.S. veterans' healthcare official resigns amid scandal

Shinseki addresses reporters after testifying before a Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hearing on VA health care, on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Phil Stewart and David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top health official at the Department of Veterans Affairs resigned on Friday amid a scandal over allegations of deadly healthcare delays, but critics dismissed the gesture as “damage control” because he planned to retire this year anyway. VA Secretary Eric Shinseki said in a statement he accepted the resignation of Dr. Robert Petzel, VA undersecretary for health, and acknowledged the need to ensure more timely treatment of America’s military veterans. The White House said President Barack Obama supported Shinseki’s decision. Petzel’s resignation, which came a day after he and Shinseki testified before Congress, appeared unlikely to calm the anger over the scandal, with one critic rejecting the move as “damage control” and the American Legion renewing its call for Shinseki himself to step down.

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