Board’s attempt to save clinic likely moot

The Board of Supervisors voted 8-3 Tuesday to override a veto by Mayor Gavin Newsom in order to allocate $246,000 for a city-operated wokers’ compensation clinic that the Department of Public Health had approved for closure.

The clinic closure at S.F. General Hospital comes as The City faces a projected $338 million deficit next fiscal year.

Without the facility, city employees will go to privately run clinics for treatment of workplace injuries.

Newsom had vetoed legislation aimed at keeping the clinic open.

Even with the vote to overturn the veto, the clinic is expected to remain closed since the board cannot force the money to be spent.

jsabatini@examiner.com

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