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Shutdown impacts some Ill. hospital inspections

SPRINGFIELD (AP) – Illinois is scaling back on certain hospital and nursing home inspections because of the partial federal government shutdown, state officials said.

The Illinois Department of Public Health gets about $1.3 million a month to pay for inspections of medical facilities, but that money’s been stopped because of the shutdown, according to a report by the Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers.

IDPH spokeswoman Melaney Arnold said the agency is still inspecting facilities when the department receives credible complaints about a location. She says the lack of money isn’t creating an immediate problem, but there could be more serious consequences if the 11-day shutdown continues.

“A couple of weeks may not have that big of an impact,” she said.

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