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City to explore joint city/county Health Department

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The City of Lubbock Health Department escaped budget cuts last week, but even so, elected officials vowed to find cheaper ways to provide health services such as vaccinations, and STD testing.  Councilman Jim Gilbreath has an idea according to public records.  On Thursday he will present a resolution calling for a joint City/County Health Department.

Gilbreath's resolution says in part, "persons residing both in and outside of the city limits of the City of Lubbock have utilized services offered by the City of Lubbock Health Department..."

The Councilman's proposal calls for the City of Lubbock Board of Health to talk to representatives of Lubbock County and report back 60 days later.

Gilbreath has not yet returned calls for comment.

"This is the first I've heard of it," says County Commissioner Bill McCay.  "We currently work with the City of Lubbock on vector control [killing mosquitos] and library services.  We work well together but no one has approached us on this issue."

After hearing about the resolution from KCBD NewsChannel 11, McCay was not convinced.

"It should be the South Plains instead of Lubbock County.  I think the discussion should be much bigger than just the city and county.  It's really a South Plains issue." 

McCay thinks maybe the City could approach the South Plains Association of Governments.  He also says the County is doing its part for local heath care by having established a hospital district, better known by most of us as University Medical Center. 

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