06 Jan Jan 6/12 – Media Release: Cuts to PSE mean fewer Health Care Workers

Friday, 06 January 2012

For Immediate Release
January 6, 2012

 

Funding Cuts to Post-Secondary Mean Fewer Health Care Workers

Halifax, NS – Rising tuition fees and reductions in university operating grants will have a negative impact on our province’s efforts to train, recruit and retain health care workers, says the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network.  As student fees increase, health education will become out of reach for more Nova Scotians.

“Canada remains one of the only industrialized countries without a national plan for training and retaining health care workers,” says Kyle Buott, Coordinator of the Health Network.  “Nova Scotia also lacks a plan to train the health care workers we will need in the future.  Increasing student fees is a step backward.”

The cuts to post-secondary education mean future doctors, nurses, technicians and allied health care workers could graduate with even more debt.  Add this to some of the lowest wages in the country and health care workers will start to leave our province for greener pastures like Ontario, Alberta and the United States.

“The province should call a stakeholders meeting including front-line health care workers, employers, labour unions, universities and patients organizations to begin creating a plan to train health care workers,” says Buott.  “The province must also pressure the federal government through the 2014 Health Accord to develop a national plan to train health care workers.”

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For more information please contact:
Kyle Buott

Coordinator

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.