17 Feb Feb 17/11 – Media Release: New Nurse Practitioners

Thursday, 17 February 2011

New Nurse Practitioners a Step in the Right Direction

Halifax, NS – The addition of four new nurse practitioners in continuing care is a step in the right direction says the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network.

“Nurse practitioners are one of the most effective ways of improving public health care,” says Kyle Buott, Provincial Coordinator of the Health Network.  “Improving primary care through a team-based approach makes the most sense.”

Nurse practitioners are able to see many of the cases a physician would normally see.  This frees up time for physicians to focus on the most serious and pressing health care issues.  Team-based approaches to health care improve access to care and help control costs.

“We are encouraged by this step, and urge the province to continue consulting with communities on their health care needs,” says Buott.  “In the long-run we should be looking at opening new Community Health Centres that will provide a central location for team-based approaches to care.”

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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.