09 Jun June 9 – Media Release: What did Jamie Baillie say on Health Care Privatization?

Wednesday, 09 June 2010

What did Jamie Baillie say on Health Care Privatization?

Halifax, NS – The Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network has written to Progressive Conservative leadership hopeful, Jamie Baillie, asking him to clarify his position on private, for-profit health care.

“Jamie Baillie was the Chief of Staff to John Hamm when the Progressive Conservative government allowed the first private, for-profit health clinic to open in Nova Scotia,” says Kyle Buott, Provincial Coordinator of the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network.  “As the senior political advisor in the former Conservative government, what did Jamie Baillie say about the for-profit MRI clinic that they allowed open in Halifax?”

Jamie Baillie was appointed Chief of Staff to former Premier John Hamm on January 14th, 2002.  On August 1st, 2002, the first private, for-profit health clinic in Nova Scotia opened its doors. The clinic, on Lacewood Drive in Halifax, is still operational today.   Jamie Muir, who was Minister of Health when the clinic opened, attended Jamie Baillie’s campaign launch on Monday.

“Nova Scotians need to know where Jamie Baillie stands on private, for-profit health care,” says Buott.  “Would Jamie Baillie support private, for-profit health care as the Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party?  Would he support private, for-profit health care as Premier?”

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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.