announced in an internal memo sent to employees Tuesday that 130 jobs would be cut from its prison-system health services and 120 jobs from academic, health and support services.
The memo from UTMB President David Callender said the reductions were made to compensate for $114 million the Legislature slashed from the medical school's 2012 budget.
The prison system jobs would be lost at prisons statewide that are serviced under a contract with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
UTMB announces layoffs including 130 more at prisons
More layoffs affecting prison healthcare at UTMB, reports Harvey Rice at the Houston Chronicle ("UTMB to lay off 250 employees," July 20). The university:
Last summer UTMB laid off more than 350 prison healthcare employees, and before that even more were laid off after Hurricane Ike. So the cuts now must be slicing pretty near the bone. Further, regular readers know, the cuts come at a time when changes in the financing structure for inmate healthcare could boost demand for services.
Perhaps Prison Doc, Nurseypooh, and other Grits commenters who work inside the system can elaborate on what's going on and what it will mean for prisoner healthcare going forward. In the meantime, here's an FAQ (pdf) from the agency about the layoffs.