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Manchester VA Officials Removed, Reassigned to Regional Office

Peter Biello

Two high-ranking officials removed from the Manchester VA medical center last month  have been reassigned to positions at the VA New England Healthcare System in Bedford, Massachusetts. 

Danielle Ocker, former director of the Manchester VA, and James Schlosser, former chief of staff, were both  criticized by whistle-blowers in a Boston Globe article containing allegations of poor care and unsanitary conditions at the hospital. 

Dr. Ed Kois, one of the whistle-blowers who initially brought forward concerns about care at the hospital, says the reassignments are likely interim measures while the VA’s investigation is underway. “They’ll probably either be demoted or lose their jobs, but I don’t think that’s going to happen immediately...this is due process, and I’m okay with that.”

Kois says he remains confident that VA Secretary David Shulkin is taking the right steps to improve care in Manchester. 

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