07 Dec Dec 7/10 – Media Release: Minister’s Response to Ross Report

Tuesday, 07 December 2010

Health Network Pleased with Minister’s Response on Ross Report:
Public Consultation Important Next Step

Halifax, NS – The Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network is pleased with the Dexter government’s response to the Ross Report on ERs.  The Health Network was looking for action in 4 key areas and is relatively pleased with the progress.

“The government’s response to the Ross Report shows clear leadership in health care on issues like team-based and primary care,” says Kyle Buott, Coordinator of the Health Network.

The Health Network was looking for action on:

  1. ER closures – which will be addressed through the development of team-based, Collaborative Emergency Centres.
  2. Nurse practitioners – there is a commitment to hire 9 new nurse practitioners and to team-based and collaborative approaches to care.
  3.  Ambulances Fees – the province says they will adjust ambulance fees
  4.  Physicians’ compensation – the response highlights the need the reform physicians’ compensation.

The Health Network is concerned with some of the proposals around funding models, including a reference in the Ross Report to a fee-for-service model for hospitals, but the response only calls for more research into funding models.

 

“Overall, we are pleased with the government’s response to the Ross Report,” says Buott.  “We urge the government to engage communities in public consultations throughout this process.”

 

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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.