Florida Gov. Rick Scott Wants Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to Resign

Sunday, May 25, 2014  |  Updated 5:23 PM EDT
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Scott Wants VA Secretary to Resign

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FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2013, file photo, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki listens as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky says a leadership change may help resolve what he calls "dysfunction" at the Department of Veterans Affairs, following allegations of corruption and avoidable deaths at the veterans' hospital in Phoenix. McConnell says the tenure of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki is "embarrassing" and that the agency is in "a stunning period of dysfunction." McConnell isn't calling for Shinseki to step down, but says a change in leadership "might be a good thing."(AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)

Gov. Rick Scott is calling on Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign after a Florida newspaper reported that a veteran died of bladder cancer that was misdiagnosed at a VA hospital.

In a statement Sunday, Scott said Horace J. Lalley's case at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center in Bay Pines illustrates problems experienced by veterans nationwide. The Tampa Bay Times published an account of Lalley's case on Friday. A spokesman for the facility told the newspaper that hospital officials would review Lalley's case.

According to Scott's statement, the center turned away state hospital inspectors last month after Scott ordered state inspections of VA hospitals in Florida.

Scott said the resignation of Shinseki would be "just the beginning of much-needed reforms."

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