Phoenix VA doled out $10M in bonuses for 3 years

PHOENIX (AP) - Phoenix VA Health Care System workers accused of jeopardizing veterans' health by covering up long patient wait times received $10 million in bonuses, according to newly released records.

The Arizona Republic reported Tuesday that the documents show more than 2,100 employees got bonuses over a three-year period.

The records, which were obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, indicate the VA paid $2.5 million in 2011, $3.5 million in 2012 and $3.9 million last year.

The employees included doctors, nurses, administrators, secretaries and cleaning staff.

Phoenix VA director Sharon Helman and two others are on administrative leave following allegations the facility manipulated records to cover up delays for veterans wanting appointments.

Federal lawmakers are working on legislation that would ban bonuses at the VA.

Information from: The Arizona Republic

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