Citizens speak out: expected ELMHS cuts

POSTED: Tuesday, March 16, 2010 - 2:32pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 10:59pm

A state capital meeting room was packed for a House Appopriations Committee meeting Tuesday. Hundreds showed up to hear the discussion of possible budget cuts to the Department of Health and Hospitals.

Sitting in on the DHH's Executive Budget Review were many concerned citizens from East Feliciana Parish.

They came to speak out against the state's plans to eliminate 300 jobs and 200 patient beds from the Eastern Louisiana Mental Health System

The DHH plans to privatize some of the hospital, meaning private companies would be contracted to run portions of it.

The protesters claim the hospital in Jackson is an integral part of the parish and losing a few hundred jobs would be devastating.