U Of Miami Medical School To Lay Off Up To 800

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Up to 800 people will lose their jobs under a major restructuring at the University of Miami medical school, President Donna Shalala said Tuesday afternoon.

During a meeting at the Miami Herald, she said that state budget cuts, reduced funds for research, cuts in compensation from insurers and cutbacks in payments by Jackson Health System had made the changes necessary.

Severed workers are being notified this month, Shalala said. Earlier in the day, UM filed a notice with the state saying it would lay off 800 by July 31, but Shalala said the final number is likely to be less than that.

The reduction amounts to 8 percent of the medical center’s 10,000 person workforce. Shalala said no doctors or nurses who provide clinical care would be affected. The cuts announced Tuesday come after 182 temporary workers were laid off at the end of March.

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