The Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network is the provincial affiliate to the Canadian Health Coalition.

You can also follow us on Twitter: @NSHealthNetwork.  Use hashtag #nshealth.

Formed in 1996 the Health Network’s goal is to stop the privatization of the public health care system, ensure high level of care, and create a forum of people and communities to discuss issues related to health care.

The Health Network is a coalition of local health committees, community groups, organized labour, faith groups and concerned individuals dedicated to protecting, strengthening, and expanding public health care to include services like pharmacare, dental care, long-term care and home care.

The Health Network is political but non-partisan and receives no government funding.  Our budget comes strictly from our members.

  • Recent Media Releases
    • Media Advisory: Province Wide Day of Action on Home Care Today at Noon

      Note: Truro location postponed
      Province Wide Day of Action: “Dish Towel Demos”
      Halifax (May 6/15) The Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network is organizing rallies outside 9 MLA offices around the province on Wednesday at noon. Patients, concerned citizens and health professionals will call on the Liberal government to reject competitive bidding in home care and instead move to protect care and caregivers.

      Health Minister Leo Glavine has said he does not believe “home support workers should be paid $18 an hour to wash dishes.” Demonstrators will bring dish towels to clear up Glavine’s misconceptions, and to ‘clean up’ the mess he’s making in home care. They’ll call on their local MLA to instead move to improve and include home care under public health insurance.
      What: 9 rallies at MLA offices across the province in response to the plan by Health Minister Leo Glavine and the NS LiberalTheres More…

    • Provincial Day of Action: Keep the Heart in Home Care

      At noon on Wednesday, May 6,

      we’re hosting a province wide day of action. We’re targeting 9 MLA’s around the province and calling on them to keep the heart in home care.

      Join us and tell your local MLA to  ”Protect care & caregivers!”


      Locations (All at 12pm noon): 

      Liberal MLA Terrry Farrell’s office,
      10b Havelock Street
      Liberal Randy Delorey’s Office,
      155 Main Street
      Liberal  Mark Furey’s office,
      425 King Street
      Glace Bay
      Liberal Geoff MacLellan’s office,
      Peoples Mall
      219 Commercial Street
      1) Liberal MLA Joachim Stroink’s office
      6270 Quinpool Road
      2)  Finance Minister Diana Whalen’s office
      287 Lacewood Drive
      Health Minister Leo Glavine’s office,
      GW Sampson Building
      694 Main Street
      New Glasgow
      PC Tim Houston’s office
      2042 Queen Street

      Liberal Zach Churchill’s office,
      396 Main Street

    • Media advisory: Health Advocates to Rally at Liberal AGM

      Halifax (April 30/15) Health care advocates will rally outside the location of the Nova Scotia Liberal Party’s annual general meeting to voice their concerns about the further privatization of home support services. Patients, concerned citizens, and health professionals are gathering to confront the Liberals, calling on them to protect care and care givers.

      Advocates will be joined by civil servants and others who are displeased by the recent provincial budget.

      What: A rally protesting  further privatization of home care services, and cuts to public and social services to vulnerable populations.

      Who: Nova Scotians concerned about the future of public health care including health care professionals and seniors. The rally is co-organized by the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network, the Cape Breton District Labour Council, NSGEU, CUPE, and NSNU.

      When: 5:00pm, May 1, 2015

      Where: Membertou Trade and Convention Centre, 50 Maillard Street, Membertou, B1S 3W3


      For more information,Theres More…

    • Job Posting: Outreach &and Volunteer Engagement Coordinator

      Deadline for Applications:  May 12th, 2015 (or ongoing as required)
      About the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Network
      The Health Network is a coalition of community groups, organized labour, faith groups, women’s organizations, students, and individuals. Together, we create a forum for people and communities to discuss issues in health care and come together to advocate for solutions that increase the health and wellness of everyone.

      Formed in 1996, the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network’s goal is to stop the privatization of the public health care system, ensure high levels of care, and extending public health care to include services like pharmacare, dental care, long-term care, mental health care and home care.

      The Network grounds its campaigns in the Social Determinants of Health. Our advocacy includes immediate health reforms, while building toward larger strategies of addressing poverty, racism, inadequate housing, education and inequality – barriers to a healthy society.

      TheTheres More…

    • Provincial Tour: Future of Homecare Meetings

      The Future of Home Care: People or Profit?
      Join us for an interactive panel discussion on the proposed changes to home care




      Day of Action: Wednedsay May 6th: https://www.facebook.com/events/825228194218819/
      Sydney -Tuesday, April 21,
      Legion Branch 128,
      10 Wesley St, Whitney Pier,


      Amherst – Thursday, April 30th6:30-8:30pmRoyal Canadian Legion Branch 10, 47 Laplanche Road,https://www.facebook.com/events/449042711936855/Halifax – Monday, May 4th
      Linsdey Children’s room, 2nd floor,
      Central Library,
      5440 Spring Garden Rd


      More events to come for Yarmouth, Liverpool and more. For more information email James at NSHealthCoalition.ca

    • Release: Revenues up, while Liberals decrease health spending on children and seniors

      Halifax, NS – The provincial budget tabled today in the legislature reduced health spending to its lowest increase in years. The 2015/2016 budget increased expenditures for the Department of Health and Wellness by only 0.8%, even though revenues increased 3.8% beyond what was forecast.

      “Despite an increase in revenues, the Liberal government is cutting back on health care to seniors & children” said James Hutt, Provincial Co-ordinator for the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Network. “We have over 3000 seniors waiting for continuing care services, yet they have refused to open new long term care beds. All seniors get is a pittance for home care and a caregivers benefit”

      The budget included $3.8 million for home care and $1.8 million in additional funding for caregivers.

      “Continuing care is already in crisis and this budget does nothing to change it.” Hutt added.

      Health Minister Glavine also announced that he would not increaseTheres More…

    • Petition: End Ambulance Fees

      Tell Health Minister Glavine to eliminate ambulance fees:
      Sign the Petition

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