Civil service panel agrees to LSU hospital deals
BATON ROUGE - The Civil Service Commission has reversed course and agreed to privatization plans for four LSU hospitals, with nearly 4,000 layoffs set to take effect June 23.
The commission's 3-2 vote Monday was the final step needed for Gov. Bobby Jindal to turn over management of university-run hospitals in New Orleans, Lafayette, Houma and Lake Charles to private hospital operators in the local communities.
The decision changed course from less than a week earlier, when the commission stalled the plans. Members said they needed more details about financing arrangements to determine if the state would save money and gain efficiencies from the deals.
After the rejection, the Jindal administration and LSU provided additional paperwork to the panel outlining financing plans.
Jindal is seeking to privatize nine of the 10 LSU hospitals.