16 Jun Media Advisory: June 17th: Doctors, Supporters Picket College of Physicians

Photo opportunity: Doctors, community members to picket NS College of Physicians & Surgeons, file formal complaint Halifax, NS – Doctors, health workers and community members are outraged that the Nova Scotia College of Physicians and Surgeons is preparing to accept and regulate private health care. At their recent annual general meeting, the College announced that is preparing for private delivery as part of its strategic direction. Public health supporters are concerned by the move; by trying to regulate privatization, the College is deeming private clinics safe when decades of research show otherwise. It also accepts and legitimizes the role of private clinics,...

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28 Mar Advisory – National Day of Action in 43 Communities Launches Health Accord Campaign

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Halifax, NS. – On Monday, March 31, 43 communities across Canada are sounding the alarm that public health care is under attack. The Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network is holding events in Halifax and Bridgewater as part of a national day of action to launch a campaign for new a Health Accord. The rallies will take place at noon and at Victoria Park in Halifax, and in front of MP Gerald Keddy’s office in Bridgewater. The Health Accord is an agreement between the provinces, territories and federal government. It provides stable federal funding and sets national standards and...

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28 Feb Statement on Northwood Home Support Workers Strike & Essential Services – 28/02/2014

Halifax, NS – The Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network is disappointed an agreement could not be reached between members of NSGEU Local 34 and their employer, Northwood. 450 home support workers from Local 34 walked out on strike this morning, Friday, at 8am. The Health Network stands for universal public health care services that meets the needs of all Nova Scotians from cradle to grave. Public health care should cover the spectrum of continuing care, especially for home care and home support services. “Nova Scotia is in desperate need of increased supports and services in home care” said James Hutt,...

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26 Feb Media Release: Press Conference Calls for Health Minister’s Apology

For immediate release   Community Groups, Patients call for Apology from Health Minster Halifax, NS – Health workers, patients, social workers and community members held a press conference today to respond to recent controversial comments by Health Minister Leo Glavine. The press conference, organized by the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network, called for an apology from the Minister. The Minister published an opinion article in the King’s County Register on Feb 6. In it, Glavine wrote that health is an individual responsibility and suggested that those who do not eat well or exercise are abusing public health care. “The Minister’s comments are not...

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03 Oct Release: Health Network Announces Election Report Card

For immediate release Halifax, NS -The Nova Scotia Citizen's Health Care Network published an election report card, grading all four of the political parties on their healthcare platforms. The Green Party received the highest grade of a “B.” The NDP ranked second with a grade of C+, followed by the Liberals at C-, and the PC’s with a D-. Parties were marked based on their platforms and on their responses to a questionnaire. The Health Network issued a final grade, as well grade for 6 key areas: Vision, Opposition to Privatization, Health Delivery, Access to Care, Pharmacare, and Patient Centred Care. “The results are...

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25 Sep Release: Health Network Publishes Names of Pro-Public Health Candidates

For immediate release   Halifax, NS -The Nova Scotia Citizen's Health Care Network published a complete list of candidates that signed onto its Health Care Champion Pledge.The pledge was sent to all candidates running in the provincial election. By signing it, candidates acknowledged the dangers of privatizing health care and affirmed their commitment to ensuring Nova Scotians have access to comprehensive public health care and to uphold the values of the Canada Health Act.   All fifty one candidates for the NDP signed the pledge. Twenty Seven Liberal candidates signed on, including leader Stephen McNeil and health critic Leo Glavine. Only one member of...

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