State Senators are being urged to restore more than $25 million in cuts to public health programs or risk the end of several programs in our state.

Senators are reviewing a laundry list of health needs, that have been cut from the plan presented by the House.

The Advocate of Baton Rouge reports this could cause serious issues in the health care world. Senator Sherri Smith Buffington of Keithville, told the paper the cuts are “huge risk” to families and to the state.

The LSU Med School in Shreveport is asking for $50 million. Chancellor Robert Barish said he’d have to protect core departments required for medical school accreditation but would likely have to cut other medical training programs, like emergency medicine, oral surgery, radiology, neurosurgery and orthopedics.

“Those are services that patients will need, and they’re services they’re going to need to save their lives,” Buffington told her colleagues.



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