New Mexico VA leaders got bonuses amid complaints
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Five top administrators in the Veterans Affairs' health care system in New Mexico received more than $24,000 in bonuses in 2013 despite complaints from veterans about lapses and delays in care. Documents obtained by The Associated Press through a Freedom of Information request show the director of the New Mexico system collected more than $8,700 in 2013. Nearly 100 other employees from emergency-room doctors to surgeons shared more than $2.4 million in performance pay last year. Bonuses for VA senior executives and administrators nationwide have been a point of contention since investigators following up on whistleblower complaints discovered large-scale improprieties in the way hospitals and clinics around the country scheduled veterans for appointments. Tens of thousands of patients, including veterans in New Mexico, waited months to see a doctor....