03 Jan Jan 3/12 – Media Release: More Canadians may get sick in hospitals due to cuts

Tuesday, 03 January 2012

For Immediate Release
January 3, 2012

More patients may get hospital-acquired infections due to Harper’s $21 billion cut to public health care


Halifax, NS – Years of divestment in public health care is making patients sicker in our hospitals, says the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network.

For years politicians have decided to restrict funding for cleaning and maintenance in our public hospitals.  As a result, we are seeing outbreak of hospital-acquired infections like C. difficile in Cape Breton.  Federal cuts to public health care will only make the situation worse.  Add to these cuts the proposed three percent cuts to District Health Authorities at the provincial level and patients should be very concerned for the future of public health care.

“Stephen Harper’s $21 billion in cuts to public health care may result in more patients getting sick from hospital-acquired infections like C. difficile,” says Kyle Buott, Coordinator of the Health Network.  “Nova Scotians must demand better from the federal government.”

When hospitals do not have adequate cleaning and maintenance staff, the rates of hospital-acquired infections increase.  Hospital-acquired infections are the fourth largest killer in Canada, with between 220,000 to 250,000 cases per year, resulting between 8,000 to 12,000 deaths.

“The federal government should make a major investment in public health care through the 2014 Health Accord.  This must include new national standards to tackle hospital-acquired infections and ensure all Canadians have access to the care they need when they need it,” says Buott.



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For more information please contact:
Kyle Buott


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.