He later served as a physician to former president Barack Obama, before the Trump administration.
President Trump tweeted Wednesday that he is replacing Shulkin with Adm. Ronny Jackson, M.D., who is now the White House doctor.
In recent months, Mr. Shulkin said, "the environment in Washington has turned so toxic, chaotic, disrespectful and subversive that it became impossible for me to accomplish the important work that our veterans need and deserve".
"The department's understanding of service-related health problems, its groundbreaking research and its special ability to work with military veterans can not be easily replicated in the private sector", Shulkin wrote in an op-ed for the New York Times on Thursday.
Shulkin said the private sector "is ill-prepared to handle the number and complexity of patients that would come from closing or downsizing VA hospitals and clinics, particularly when it involves the mental health needs of people scarred by the horrors of war". However, his tenure had been clouded recently by controversy stemming from a trip he took to Europe last year-that included his wife-and was the subject of an Office of Inspector General report last month.
His profile rose after he conducted a sweeping press conference about the president's medical exam in January in which he impressed Trump with his camera-ready demeanor and deft navigation of reporters' questions as he delivered a rosy depiction of the president's health, according to a person familiar with the president's thinking but not authorized to discuss private conversations. During the fallout, Shulkin agreed to pay back $4,132 of taxpayer money spent on his wife's travel expenses. The goal of the trip was to attend a veterans summit with allied nations.Читайте также: Major League Baseball heads off Yankees' attempt to put players' images on beer foam
"The president wants somebody who gives him the best possible care to go over and give that same care to the veterans", a White House official told Reuters.
"I know him well".
Shulkin made the decision in June 2017 to award a sole-source contract to Cerner to replace the legacy Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture with a single common EHR system with the Department of Defense based on Cerner's Millennium platform. He joined the marines in 2005 and was deployed to Iraq as an emergency medicine provider, before being selected as a White House physician in 2006. But his experience with veterans issues and management remains unknown. The Veterans Health Administration, the largest integrated healthcare system in the United States, provides care at more than 1,200 facilities, including 170 VA Medical Centers, to more than 9 million veterans.
Shulkin noted in his op-ed how the V.A. improved under his watch, citing, among other things, the passage of an improved appeals process for veterans seeking disability benefits; improved trust; lowered veterans unemployment rates; reduced wait times; increased productivity; working closer with the private sector; and improved mental health care.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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