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Budget cuts for Public Health

October 22, 2003

Thomas County-- Public Health's budget will face significant cuts in the coming year. This is a serious concern for Public Health because of an increase in infectious diseases.

The budget cuts could directly impact the services at county health departments and their responses to public health emergencies.

Dr. J. Paul Newell of Public Health says "You have to have a sufficient staff that is adequately prepared to respond to any public health emergency, and if you're struggling with budget cuts, how is that going to impact your ability to deliver those services?"

The Thomas County Health Department has already experienced a twenty-five percent budget reduction over the past three years. Public health is drawing up plans to deal with the anticipated cuts.

Posted at 6:08 PM. by jennifer.hulsey@walb.com

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