Gibson says VA spends more in Miss. to speed care


JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Acting U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson says that veterans' health care is moving in the right direction in Jackson and nationwide.

Gibson visited the G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center in Jackson Friday. He met with employees, veterans' groups and reporters.

He says the VA is sending an additional $4 million to Jackson to speed care. He says the hospital is hiring eight people to coordinate care outside the VA system for veterans.

The Jackson hospital has faced allegations of improper patient care.

Gibson is visiting VA hospitals nationwide, trying to rebuild trust after a scandal over waiting times. Retired Gen. Eric Shinseki resigned as Veterans Affairs secretary because some hospitals were hiding wait time lengths. Gibson says the Jackson hospital had no secret waiting list.

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