The county branch of the Florida Health Department is facing a nearly 8 percent budget shortfall after giving away its fee-generating primary care clinics and getting hit with federal sequester cuts all at once.
Without a rescue from the Health Care District, county Health Department Director Dr. Alina Alonso said she’s looking at closing buildings, consolidating services, and stretching already thin resources to respond to food-borne illness and other disease outbreaks — such as tuberculosis.
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