Happy ending pending: Kelso only “80% complete”

May 31st, 2012 | By | Category: Medical (Inmate Healthcare), Prisons & Confinement, Spotlight

Prison Hospital coming soon. Clark Kelso's plan is "80% complete" and on schedule for a 2013 finale.

CA request to take over inmate health care denied

Bob Egelko | San Francisco Chronicle

A federal judge rejected a request by California prison officials Wednesday to regain control of inmate health care, which has been under court-supervised receivership for six years, and said the state must first show it can provide adequate medical treatment.

U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson of San Francisco appointed a receiver to manage health care at California’s 33 prisons in February 2006…

The current receiver, Clark Kelso, has reported improvements in the prisons’ medical staff and facilities, and said a “turnaround plan” he proposed for the system in 2008 is about 80 percent complete. A new prison hospital in Stockton, with 1,700 beds, is due to be completed at the end of 2013…

But Henderson said Wednesday the department hasn’t yet shown it can make the needed improvements on its own. The receivership will stay in place until Kelso’s 2008 plan is accomplished, unless the state demonstrates earlier that it can provide care at least as good as the receivership…

Clark Kelso has been receiving for nearly 5 years. He projects completion in 2013. Judge Thelton Henderson will know the job is finished when Kelso displays his "O Face" as above.

…independent auditors will continue to assess health care at each prison, and state officials should work with Kelso on ways to achieve “the gradual return of inmate medical care,” with court monitoring…(Full text at  San Francisco Chronicle)



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2 Comments to “Happy ending pending: Kelso only “80% complete””

  1. kl2008a says:

    What is amazing is to date, NO ONE has been able to specifically identify what is “Constitutionally mandated health care”. Meanwhile, the taxpayers are throwing millions (probably more like billions, and more to come) down an endless rathole to fix an alleged problem that noone can specifically identify.

  2. Bob Walsh says:

    I am confident that Kelso will be able to find employment, if he needs it, by supervising the health care of the realignment inmates in local custody. As we all know the nearest thing to practical immortality is a temporary government program.