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Lawmakers fear Shreveport med school exodus to B.R.


LSU and Biomedical Research Foundation have been at each other's throats since the foundation secured the contract to operate the hospitals in 2013 as part of then-Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to privatize the state's charity hospital system, each blaming the other for the medical school's shaky financial standing.
"Bobby Jindal killed this system," said Rep. Kenny Cox, D-Natchitoches.
Others were also nostalgic for the days when the state and LSU operated the Shreveport and Monroe hospitals and wondered aloud if there is a scenario in which LSU could take over operations again through a separate non-profit entity.
"I'd like to see that happen," McFarland said.
"That's what I want to see," said Sen. Greg Tarver, D-Shreveport.
LSU Health Sciences Center officials didn't allow two USA Today Network of Louisiana reporters to attend the meeting, though lawmakers invited the reporters. Officials said Ghali was too busy for an interview afterward.
"We have to make sure the medical school doesn't fail and that the hospitals remain viable; we don't have a choice," said Rep. Thomas Carmody, R-Shreveport.
"I'm just disappointed all parties haven't come together to move forward," said Rep. Barbara Norton, D-Shreveport. "And I can tell you that they're definitely not together now."
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