MORE: From the Galveston Daily News, "The cuts represent 10.6 percent of the 3,418 employees who work in the medical branch’s correctional care program."
More than 300 prison medical staff members will get layoff notices beginning today in a budget-cutting step some fear could imperil care to thousands of Texas prisoners and land the state back in court.
The announcement is expected to ramp up concerns over a growing state budget crisis — and how Texas can continue to pay for a massive prison health care system that gobbles tens of millions of additional taxpayer dollars each year.
In an e-mail to employees Tuesday, Dr. David Callender, president of the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, said 363 correctional managed health care employees at 86 of Texas' 112 prisons will be notified that their jobs will be eliminated July 21. ...
Though the e-mail did not specify who will be laid off, legislative leaders said they were told it would include nurses and other trained medical professionals.