Board recommends review before closing Lubbock Health Department

Published: Aug. 19, 2011 at 9:18 PM CDT|Updated: Dec. 15, 2014 at 1:19 AM CST
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The Board of Health is asking the Lubbock City Council for more time to decide the fate of Lubbock's Health Department.

In Friday's meeting, the Board of Health voted in favor of recommending board member Dr. Brian Carr's resolution and a 90-day extension.

City Manager LeeAnn Dumbauld gave a presentation and proposed that the Health Department be closed on August 31st due to a decrease in grant funding. When asked about where the immunization and STD funding would come from after that she stated that it would no longer exist "if it's not funded by the state."

When asked by Dr. Brian Carr where the clinics would be relocated, Dumbauld responded, "We have sent proposals out to other clinics in Lubbock can handle it."

If the STD and immunization grants are not provided by the state, Dumbauld says, "the city will not provide that service."

When conversations became heated between LeeAnn Dumbauld and Board Member Dr. Brian Carr, Dumbauld said, "I have shown my proposal and now I'm done."

Dr. Carr responded, "Your not going to answer our questions?" Dumbauld said. "I'm done."

Dumbauld left the meeting during the first 10 minute break.

Hear more from the members of the board and LeeAnn Dumbauld tonight at 6 and 10.

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