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Judge won’t restore ambulance service to Doctors Medical Center
San Francisco Chronicle

A federal judge refused Tuesday to restore emergency ambulance service or stop further cutbacks at cash-strapped Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo, which faces closure by the end of the year.

The hospital, the largest in west Contra Costa County, was dealt a severe financial blow in May when county voters rejected a $20 million parcel tax increase. With deficits mounting and employees leaving in increasing numbers, the hospital stopped accepting emergency ambulance service last Thursday, has reduced in-patient beds to 40 and plans to close an emergency cardiac unit in mid-September.

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