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BATON ROUGE, La. - The LSU governing board has backed a plan to deepen cuts to the university-run public hospitals that care for the poor and uninsured to $152 million.

The reductions will fall across seven south Louisiana hospitals, eliminating dozens of inpatient beds, some clinic services and nearly 1,500 jobs, most of which will require layoffs. The cuts will not affect the LSU medical centers in Cenla.

Officials outlined the budget cuts Thursday, and the LSU Board of Supervisors approved the plans without objection. They say Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration helped devise the plans.

University officials say they hope services being eliminated at the public hospitals will be picked up by private health care facilities.

Currently, it's unclear where some uninsured patients will receive care when services disappear at the LSU facilities.

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