06 Apr April 6/2011 – Media Release: Goal Achieved! 100 letters in less than 48 hours!

 Wednesday, 06 April 2011

Goal Achieved: More than 100 letters in less than 48 hours!

 

Halifax, NS – The Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network’s new online letter writing campaign reached its first goal early this morning with more than 100 letters being sent the Minister of Health in less than 48 hours.  The campaign went live at 10 am on Monday, April 4th and the 100th email was sent at 8:25 am on Wednesday, April 6th.

“Our members and supporters around the province were quick to take action, with letters being sent from communities like Canning, River John, and Chester, as well as urban areas of HRM and CBRM,” says Kyle Buott, Provincial Coordinator of the Health Network.

The online campaign urges the provincial government to protect public health care and stop the growth of private, for-profit health care by enshrining the five principles of the Canada Health Act in provincial law.  The principles – Public Administration, Universality, Comprehensiveness, Accessibility, and Portability – are the cornerstones of public health care in Canada.

Previously, the NDP has committed to protecting public health care and enshrining the principles of the Canada Health Act

“In 2001, then Health Critic, now Premier Darrell Dexter introduced the Protection of Medicare Act which would have enshrined the principles,” says Buott.  “The easiest way to protect public health care is to bring back that piece of legislation.”

The online action is available on the Health Network’s website at http://bit.ly/eVv7vs.

The Health Network is setting a new target of 150 letters.

 

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For more information please contact:
Kyle Buott

Coordinator

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.