No food inspections at state hospitals and nursing homes

MIAMI - No one is inspecting food preparations at Florida's hospitals and nursing homes, nearly one month after the inspections were stopped in a budget-cutting move.

The Department of Health said Friday it's working with other agencies to figure out who will handle inspections at the state's 286 hospitals and 671 nursing homes. Meanwhile, the Department of Children and Families is taking over the inspection of day care centers, which were also part of the cuts, for a short time to assist.

The health department had been inspecting facilities four times a year until Gov. Charlie Crist signed a bill (HB 5311) stopping them.

Crist spokesman Sterling Ivey said the agencies will work together until the Legislature can re-examine the cuts next year.