Fresno County Approves Round of Health Care Cuts, Work Continues
On Tuesday, Fresno County supervisors approved cuts to health department programs as part of an effort to cut $1.6 million from the department's budget this year, the Fresno Bee reports.Â
The board voted to:
- Eliminate testing for some communicable diseases at the public health laboratory;
- Reduce administrative costs; and
- Cut positions for restaurant inspections, paramedic training, sexually transmitted infections and childhood vaccinations.
For a second time, supervisors rejected a proposal that would have eliminated night shifts for nurses at the county jail and juvenile-justice campus. Â The board asked department officials to examine other options to rein in spending.
A falloff in state sales tax revenue and vehicle license fees has prompted the push to cut back county spending on health care services, according to the Bee (Anderson, Fresno Bee, 10/7).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.