Most state hospital employee layoffs put on hold

Most of the 1,500 state employee layoffs scheduled for Jan. 21 at LSU hospitals across south Louisiana have been put on hold.

LSU officials said Tuesday they will not proceed to Civil Service approval of plans as negotiations continue with private partners for operations of the seven hospitals under LSU’s Health Care Services Division, including those in Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Lafayette.

“Since those discussions are ongoing and the partners have indicated a desire to maintain as many services as possible pending agreements that would continue, and possibly expand, such services into the future LSU HCSD has delayed much of the Civil Service layoff proposals from consideration by the state Civil Service Commission,” LSU System Executive Vice President Frank Opelka wrote in an email update to legislators acquired by The Advocate.

“As of now, the only layoffs anticipated involve five people at W.O. Moss Medical Center in Lake Charles and 42 at Bogalusa Medical Center where permanent reductions are necessary and no partnership is likely to result in the retention of all services at those facilities,” Opelka continued.