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DHH: Cuts will affect mental care and restaurant inspections

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals said recently announced cuts impact their agency the hardest.

The agency is set to lose around $480 million in cuts. 

Officials with DHH now say they will have to cut back on programs such as mental care and health inspections for restaurants. 

They could also lose 100 doctors in training. That will have to accept a position in another state. 

DHH Secretary Rebekah Gee said there is no wiggle room. 

"This notion that we can just shift some things around or efficiencies haven't been found is a fallacy," Gee said. "My department alone, we used to have 12,000 people, now we have 5,500. We have people with 90-percent increase in workload."

DHH is hopeful there will be a second special session, where legislators could change the reductions. 

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