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Hearings scheduled on proposed pediatric-care cuts

The Department of Public Health will hold a hearing May 8 on Cambridge Health Alliance’s plans to eliminate 11 of 27 beds for treating children and teens with acute mental illness.

Hospital officials said this month that they planned to consolidate their child and adolescent units, the latest in years of steady statewide cuts to pediatric services. While several other hospitals have psychiatry units that serve children of all ages, Cambridge Health Alliance’s Child Assessment Unit accounts for nearly one-third of the hospital mental health beds in Massachusetts designated specifically for the younger age group, typically under 12.

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