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Lawsuit filed seeking to stop LSU hospital closure

1 year ago June 05, 2014 Jun 5, 2014 Thursday, June 05 2014 Thursday, June 05, 2014 2:48:13 PM CDT in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Melinda Deslatte

BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to close the LSU-run public hospital in Pineville, part of a health care privatization deal, is being challenged in a Baton Rouge court.

The petition was filed this week on behalf of two hospital closure opponents, Edwin Parker of East Feliciana Parish and Brad Ott of New Orleans.

They claim lawmakers didn't follow Louisiana's open meetings law when the legislation authorizing the hospital's shuttering was considered by the Senate health committee.

The petition asks a judge to declare the legislation void and keep Huey P. Long Medical Center open.

The House and Senate voted for closure in the legislative session that ended Monday. The lawsuit was filed a day later.

Jindal says the hospital closure will improve health care by moving patients to nearby private hospitals.

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