VA whistleblower speaks out about proposed health system changes - CBS46 News

VA whistleblower speaks out about proposed health system changes

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Scott Davis feels good about speaking up about what he saw as wrongdoing in his office of Veterans Affairs Health Eligibility Center.

"We feel that veterans put their lives on the line to serve for us, and it was nice to be able to do something for them," whistleblower Scott Davis said.

About two weeks ago he testified before a committee hearing in Washington, DC. Being a whistleblower hasn't been easy.

"In the end of this, it's about helping veterans get the quality health care they have earned," Davis said. "That should be our focus. Not retaliating against people who exposed flaws in the system," Davis added.

Former Proctor and Gamble CEO Robert McDonald was named Tuesday as the new Veterans Affairs Secretary. Davis hopes this will bring some positive changes.

"I'm cautiously optimistic," Davis said. "We welcome change and we welcome new leadership. Clearly he has a monumental task ahead of him and I truly wish him the best," Davis said.

Congress is moving forward to approve a $17 billion bill to improve VA healthcare. The measure would help veterans avoid long waits and would hire more doctors and nurses. Davis says more important, the bill would make it easier to fire senior executives at the Veterans Affairs Department.

"You hear all the time, 'Why can't these people be held to the same standards as the people who pay the taxes that fund the VA?', so I think it's a great thing and a smart move," Davis said.

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