Rep. Kandie Smith supporting Vidant during state budget negotiations

GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) - NC State Representative Kandie Smith is weighing in on the proposed budget cuts stemming from the Vidant/ UNC system lawsuit.

Smith sent out a statement today urging Speaker of the House Tim Moore to rethink the proposed budget cut of $35 million from the teaching hospital for East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine, Vidant Medical Center.

Smith says Pitt County, ECU, and the UNC Board of Governors have worked together for years to provide critical care to our communities and many residents are scared of what will happen if the cuts are made from the final budget.

Smith said, "The fate of our local healthcare network is far too important than this dangerous proposal by the Senate. We must stop this."