WASHINGTON (AP) - The chief medical inspector for the Department of Veterans Affairs has retired, following a report that his office downplayed whistleblower complaints that identified "a troubling pattern of deficient patient care" at VA facilities around the country.
Dr. John R. Pierce had served as medical inspector since 2004.
Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson said Pierce retired Monday. The independent Office of Special Counsel issued a scathing report on the medical inspector's office last week. The report by Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner identified "a troubling pattern of deficient patient care" at VA facilities around the country that were pointed out by whistleblowers but downplayed by the medical inspector and other top officials.
Gibson met with Lerner Tuesday and reaffirmed his commitment to prevent retaliation against employees who identify or report problems.