Proposed Cuts Could Impact County's Emergency Response
Sacramento County officials will likely make cuts in health care programs. It’s part of their effort to close an almost $200 million budget shortfall. But those cuts could make it harder to respond to disease outbreaks, like swine flu.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Sacramento County Public Health Officer Dr. Glennah Trochet says 80 staffers kicked into high gear when swine flu hit. But next time around she says the county might not have enough staff.
“After we lose our 29 positions that are scheduled to be cut in the next budget cycle it will be a lot harder than it was this time for sure.”
Trochet says for example there would be fewer public health lab employees as well as community health nurses. She says the public health division could see an about $3 million funding cut starting in July.