19 Apr April 19/12 – Media release: Morning Rush Hour Action
Health Network to Greet Commuters Friday Morning
Halifax, NS – Public health care activists and supporters will be greeting Halifax commuters on their way to work and call for public health care to be protected, strengthened and extended. Organized by the Nova Scotia Citizen’s Health Care Network, activists will be holding signs by the roadside by the MacDonald Bridge on Friday, April 20th, 2012 from 7:30 am to 9:30 am.
“Shorter wait times and maintaining quality health services requires a strong public system,” says Kyle Buott, Coordinator of the Health Network. “The federal government announced they will be reducing funding for public health care after 2017, yet they seem to have billions lying around for fighter jets and mega-prisons – this is a call to action.”
Activists with signs will line the road to form a jingle that drivers can read as they drive by. The signs will read:
For medication we depend, Medicare we must Extend!
Shorter wait times, fast attention, Medicare we must Strengthen!
Healthcare billing we reject; Medicare we must Protect!
“Provincial Premiers will be meeting in Halifax July 25-27 to continue discussions on the 2014 Health Accords,” says Buott. “The federal government is planning to make significant cuts to public health care, and the provincial governments need to stand up to Stephen Harper and protect public health care.”
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For more information or to arrange an interview please contact:
Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network
Cell – (902) 478-0239
About the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network:
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 create a forum for people and communities to discuss issues in health care.
The Network is a coalition of local health committees, community groups, organized labour, faith groups and individuals dedicated to protecting and advancing public health care to include services like pharmacare, dental care and long-term and home care.
The Network is political but non-partisan and receives no government funding.