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White House Proposal To Overhaul Federal Government Includes Downsizing Of Public Health Service Corps

Washington Post: White House wants to cut this public health service corps by nearly 40 percent
“The White House is proposing to reduce by nearly 40 percent the uniformed public health professionals who deploy during disasters and disease outbreaks, monitor drug safety, and provide health care in some of the nation’s most remote and disadvantaged areas. The proposal is part of a plan announced last week by the Office of Management and Budget to overhaul the federal government. It would cut the size of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps from its current 6,500 officers to ‘no more than 4,000 officers.’ … Nearly 300 officers were sent to staff a U.S. field hospital in Liberia during the 2014 Ebola epidemic…” (Sun, 6/27).

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