Sunday, November 6, 2011
UT officials extend prison medical deadline
With a deadlock on the future of Texas’ prison medical network still not resolved, the University of Texas System regents voted this morning to extend negotiations for 30 days.
But in a special telephone meeting, just a day before the current contract is to expire, UT officials made clear that their University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston will continue to provide prison care only if they do not lose money.
If no agreement can be reached in the next month, officials said, UTMB will plan to terminate its contract for prison care at the end of December — and transition its role to a new provider.
By several estimates, the amount of funding for medical care of state prison convicts during the next two years will be about $100 million to little.
With the inadequate level of care everyone sees on a daily basis, what would the agency really be losing anyway ?
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