31 May May 31/11 – Media Release: Federal Leadership Needed

Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Health Council report shows need for Federal Leadership


Halifax, NS – A new progress report released this morning on the 2004 Health Accord from the Health Council of Canada demonstrates the need for Federal leadership on public health care, says the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network.  Without federal leadership, new and existing health inequities will grow.  The report is available on the Health Council of Canada’s website at http://www.healthcouncilcanada.ca/en/.

“The report makes it clear that without federal oversight and national standards, Canadians will not get the care they need because huge differences between provinces are emerging,” says Kyle Buott, Coordinator of the Health Network.  “This is a national issue, not just a provincial issue, and the federal government has a major role to play.”

The report highlighted the shortcomings of the 2004 Health Accord, which was supposed to fix health “for a generation”.  Despite new federal dollars, many of the objectives have not been achieved in part because the federal government refuses to require national standards be attached to funding.  Some provinces are falling behind in key areas such as access to prescription drugs and electronic health records.

“In the coming 2014 Health Accord, the federal government must play an active role and we will also need full transparency and monitoring by the Health Council to help make sure the next Health Accord is fully implemented,” says Buott.  “We need federal leadership to protect, strengthen and extend public health care.”


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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.