09 Aug '17, 11pm

He was fired in July after VA officials discovered the hospital was putting patients at risk.

WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs was forced to take back the director of the Washington VA Medical Center who was fired in July after VA officials discovered the hospital was putting patients at risk. The Merit Systems Protection Board, which hears appeals from terminated federal employees, ordered the VA to send former director Brian Hawkins back to work, according to a VA news release Wednesday. Hawkins appealed that he was wrongfully terminated, and MSPB is requiring the VA to keep him as an employee until the Office of Special Counsel reviews his claim. The VA said Hawkins is back on the payroll, but at Washington headquarters rather than in a position with access to patients. “No judge who has never run a hospital and never cared for our nation’s Veterans will force me to put an employee back in a position when he allowed the facility to pose potential ...

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