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State Auditor Says Health Officials Aren't Implementing Safety Recommendations

  

Over the past several years, the Auditor has made numerous recommendations about how the California Department of Public Health could manage programs better. But the auditor says some of the suggestions are more than five years old, and still haven't been implemented. Among the suggestions: regular inspections of clinical laboratories, and better handling of complaints.

The auditor called for on-sight monitoring of developmental centers. Their research finds public health officials have been slow to investigate long-term health care facilities, and the people who work at them. The Auditor cites the public health department claims that its shortcomings are the result of limited staffing in some areas, and public health officials say the programs that need improvement represent a small fraction of the department's overall work.