Inspections of hospitals, nursing homes, and pharmacies likely to expand under state budget

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Pharmacies, hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities are likely to face greater scrutiny under the $34 billion budget approved by lawmakers this week.

The spending plan, which was sent to Governor Deval Patrick for his approval, includes an additional $1.3 million for pharmacy inspections and an extra $1.2 million for review and inspections of hospitals and other health care facilities.

Dr. Madeleine Biondolillo, director of Health Care Safety and Quality, said the money will allow the public health department to hire more inspectors to visit facilities. She said she did not know how many. It also will allow the health department to more quickly approve or disqualify major expansion projects proposed by health care organizations, she said.

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