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Apr 2, 2013 5:18 PM by AP/PHOTO COURTESY OF MGN ONLINE

Civil Service panel approves hospital outsourcing

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state's Civil Service Commission has approved a Jindal administration plan to outsource the health care services currently provided by LSU's public hospital in Baton Rouge.

The 4-2 vote by the commission Tuesday paves the way for 777 employee layoffs at Earl K. Long Medical Center. The public hospital will be shuttered in two weeks and most of its services transferred to a private Baton Rouge hospital.

Laid off workers can reapply for their jobs with Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, which will be picking up much of the care for the poor and uninsured previously provided by Earl K. Long.

Civil Service Commission approval came despite complaints that the hospital closure was moving too quickly, with too little data to support the Jindal administration's savings estimates.

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