What the City's Furloughs Mean for Health Care: Don't Get Sick

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Mayor Gavin Newsom's pending deal with unions to give workers 12 yearly unpaid days off could mean reduced staffing for everything from guarding swimming pools to issuing marriage certificates. But the effect might be most obvious at city-run clinics, where new patients had already been waiting nearly a month for appointments.

“We're still going to open the same hours,” said Health Department spokeswoman Eileen Shields. “We're still going to have the same services. We'll be doing the best we can with what we have, and we'll see how it works out. [But] it's true if you have fewer people working fewer days, you're going to be seeing fewer people.”

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