13 Apr April 13/10 – Media Release: Network shocked at plan to continue for-profit contract

Tuesday, 13 April 2010 Health Network shocked at plan to continue Scotia Surgery contract

Halifax, NS – The Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network is shocked at the NDP’s decision to re-open negotiations with the private, for-profit Scotia Surgery to extend their contract for an additional period of time.

“The NDP has no mandate from the people of this province to continue the Conservative’s drive to privatize our public health care system,” says Kyle Buott, Provincial Coordinator of the Health Network.

Karen Casey, current interim leader of the Progressive Conservatives and former health minister, renewed the Scotia Surgery contract on June 3, 2009, 6 days before her party went down in defeat in the polls.  In opposition the NDP was opposed to this project.

“In opposition the NDP argued correctly that there were resources in the health care system not being used properly and if those resources were used properly there would be no need for private, for-profit health care,” says Buott.  “We are shocked that Health Minister Maureen MacDonald has given her approval to renegotiate this contract.”

In opposition the NDP had a strong record of protecting public health care and working for positive reforms in the health care system, however in government they seem to be willing to continue the pro-privatization positions taken by the previous government including the teleheath services and, now, Scotia Surgery.

“The Health Network will be launching an immediate, online campaign in the coming days to urge the government to reverse this decision,” says Buott.

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For more information please contact:

Kyle Buott
Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network
Work – (902) 406-9422
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.