24 Jan Jan 24/12 – Media Release: Health Network Endorses CFS Day of Action
Tuesday, 24 January 2012
For Immediate Release
January 23, 2012
Health Network Endorses
Canadian Federation of Students Day of Action
Calls for Health Human Resources Plan
Halifax, NS – The Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network has endorsed the Canadian Federation of Students National Day of Student Action on Wednesday, February 1st. The Health Network believes the cuts to university operating grants and increases in student fees will result in fewer health care workers here in Nova Scotia as debt loads drive young workers away.
“Cuts to post-secondary education and increases in student fees will make it even more difficult to train the health care workers which Nova Scotia will need in the future,” Kyle Buott, Coordinator of the Health Network.. “The Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network is pleased to endorse this Day of Action.”
Canada is also one of the only industrialized countries without a plan for training, recruiting and retaining health care workers in the future. The Health Network calls on the provincial government to call a stakeholders’ meeting including front-line workers, employers, labour unions, post-secondary education institutions and students, professional associations and patients representatives to develop a plan for health human resources in the future.
“On one hand we have no plan to train health care workers, on the other we are making cuts to training and making student take on more debt. This is not the time to be making cuts to post-secondary education when we really need a national health human resources plan,” says Buott.
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For more information please contact:
Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network
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.