06 Apr April 6/2010 – Media Release: Budget 2010

Tuesday, 06 April 2010

Health Network Disappointed in Budget

Halifax, NS – The Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network is extremely disappointed that the NDP government did not use today’s budget as an opportunity to present a vision for health care in this province. The budget also neglected to make required investments in health care services for Nova Scotians.

“The Dexter government had an opportunity to show genuine leadership on the health care file, by starting a reform process including Community Health Centres, increased use of Nurse Practitioners and action on pharmacare. Instead they decided to do nothing,” says Kyle Buott, Provincial Coordinator of the Health Network.

The Health Network had been looking for indications from the Dexter government that they would act on a promise to enshrine the principles of the Canada Health Act in provincial legislation.

“Enshrining the principles of the Canada Health Act in provincial legislation is a key priority to ensure that our public health care system is protected from for-profit privatization,” says Buott. “This isn’t controversial; it is something the NDP has supported for years.”

The Health Network also participated in this year’s Nova Scotia Alternative Budget which included many recommendations for decreasing costs and improving services in health care. The full document is available at http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/nova-scotia-alternative-budget-2010.

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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.