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Prisons will contract for health care

In a cost-saving move affecting nearly 3,000 Department of Corrections employees, the prison system announced plans Tuesday to privatize inmate health care services with two companies.

"We still will continue to work with our employees and seek the best solutions for them and the inmates we serve," DOC Secretary Ken Tucker said in announcing the deal. "Change isn't easy and we know that it can sometimes be unsettling; however, the hard work of our employees is greatly appreciated and recognized. As this transition occurs, we appreciate their continued dedication to the people we serve."

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