Wednesday, November 29, 2000

Health board to fight cutting rest home, day care inspections

By Marie McCain
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The Cincinnati Board of Health agreed Tuesday to fight proposed budget cuts that would do away with local inspections of day-care facilities and nursing homes.

        “Everybody knows there isn't enough inspections of those homes,” said board member Robert Rinsky. “I can't believe this.”

        In his proposed budget for fiscal years 2001 and 2002, Cincinnati City Manager John Shirey suggests cutting more than $200,000 from the city Health Department's budget. Those funds sup port licensing and inspection programs that regulate day-care facilities and nursing homes in the city.

        Health Department officials said they had offered other programs that could survive without significant funding from the city. Dr. Todd Carran, board chairman, suggested appealing to City Council members and enlisting the aid of residents who run nursing homes and day-care facilities to help fight Mr. Shirey's proposal.

        Health Department officials said if local inspections were ended, the state would take over regulation.


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