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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04 Sep Media Release: Health Network Announces 11 Steps to Best Health System in Canada

For Immediate Release: Halifax, NS -The Nova Scotia Citizen's Health Care Network launched a 12-point platform for protecting, strengthening, and extending public health care in Nova Scotia. Each item is a cost-saving or low-cost item which will make public health care work better and provide better care for Nova Scotians. The Network is calling on all parties to “steal” these ideas in their election platforms. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” says James Hutt, provincial coordinator of the Health Network. “To improve the health care system, expand services that help communities thrive and keep people healthy in the...

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16 Aug MEDIA RELEASE: NS Health Network Applauds NDP’s Commitment to Children’s Health

August 16, 2013, MEDIA RELEASE:   Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network Applauds NDP’s Commitment to Children’s Health. Halifax, NS - The Nova Scotia Citizen’s Health Care Network applauds the Nova Scotia New Democrat’s announcement today that it will expand dental coverage yearly up to age 17. Coming on the heels of an April announcement that increased the age to 12 and under, this later change will increasing the age of coverage incrementally over 4 years until all children 17 and under are covered. “This is a major victory” said Lee Seymour, Chair of the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network. “Oral health is...

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