News

Durbin Says VA Should Protect Whistleblowers

Durbin Says VA Should Protect Whistleblowers

Photo: Newsradio WTAX

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois says whistleblowers in the Department of Veterans Affairs must be protected from firing and demotion.

The Senate’s No. 2 Democrat made the remarks Friday during a meeting with veterans’ organizations in Peoria.

Durbin says the VA’s culture needs to change. He says the VA secretary should reassure employees they won’t be punished for telling their superiors about problems.

There’s been a growing public outcry over patients dying while awaiting VA treatment and mounting evidence workers falsified or omitted appointment schedules to hide frequent, long delays.

About 65 percent of VA senior executives got performance bonuses last year despite widespread treatment delays and preventable deaths at VA hospitals and clinics.

Recent Headlines

in Entertainment

Leaked Sony emails reveal Idris Elba in line for ‘Bond’

Fresh
idriselba

A leaked Sony email named British actor Idris Elba as the frontrunner to replace Daniel Craig as James Bond.

in Music

Rolling Stones thank fans for ’14 tour

Fresh
23-overlay3

The group thanked fans and suggested there may be more shows planned for 2015.

in Music

Phil Rudd: ‘I want my job back’

Fresh
philrudd

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd is determined to clear his name and return to the band after his upcoming court case.…