12 Dec Health Network to start committee in New Glasgow

Wednesday, 12 December 2007

Health Network to set up Local Health Committee in New Glasgow

Halifax, NS – The Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network is thrilled to announce plans to start a Local Health Committee in New Glasgow.  The committee will focus on issues of concern to the community and on broader provincial issues like opposing privatization and advocating for a universal Pharmacare programme.

Provincial Coordinator, Kyle Buott, heads to New Glasgow tomorrow, Thursday, December 13th for a 7:00 pm meeting at the New Glasgow Library, 182 Dalhousie St, to start the committee.  The meeting will be partial about the Council of Canadians campaigns and partially about the Health Network.

“Following the huge success of organizing the North Shore Citizens Health Committee the Network is heading to New Glasgow to meet with local citizens to set up a similar group in the town,” says Kyle Buott, coordinator of the Health Network.  “To protect public health care, local communities must come together to defend access to local services and stop privatization.”

The meeting is joint meeting of the local chapter of the Council of Canadians and the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network

“We are thrilled that the Pictou county chapter of the Council of Canadians has agreed to hold this joint meeting to bring local citizens together and take a stand against privatization,” says Buott.

Individuals in the area who are interested in getting involved with the committee in New Glasgow are encouraged to contact the Health Network’s provincial office at (902) 406-9422 or by email at kyle@nshealthcoalition.ca

To find out if a Local Health Committee is being formed in your area refer to our website at www.nshealthcoalition.ca or call the province office.

“Canadians made the decision 40 years ago to ensure access to health care is based on need, not ability to pay, today that vision is under attack and citizens need to stand up to defend the public health care system,” says Buott.  “Just before Medicare was implemented ‘Medicare Now’ committees sprung up around the province.  Those committees were instrumental in making Medicare happen.  Today we return to this community-based model to protect, strengthen and extend Medicare.”

– 30 –

For more information please contact:

Kyle Buott
Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network
(902) 406-9422

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 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.