Post, 25 Feb 2009 (Wiggins ).
The Prince George's County Council yesterday criticized a plan that would allow a panel responsible for the sale of the county's troubled hospital system to sell pieces of it to various buyers.
After a briefing by members of the Prince George's County Hospital Authority about proposed state legislation, council member Samuel H. Dean (D-Mitchellville) argued that the plan violates an agreement the county made when it pledged, along with the state, to pay $174 million over five years to the winning bidder.
Council Chairwoman Marilynn M. Bland (D-Clinton) worried that the system's more competitive hospitals in Bowie and Laurel would be sold and the less-stable Prince George's Hospital Center in Cheverly, the state's second-busiest trauma hospital, would be left without a buyer.
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Council member Camille Exum (D-Seat Pleasant) asked why the council was not consulted on the proposal. [More]
(Posted 25 Feb 2009)