18 Jun Media Release: June 18, 2012 – Support Refugees Access to Health Care
Health Network Supports Refugees Access to Health Care
Halifax, NS – Across Canada today, activists, medical workers and concerned community members will participate in a Day of Action against Prime Minster Stephen Harper’s cuts to refugee health care.
In Halifax there will be a rally at 12 noon at Grand Parade in front of City Hall.
“Often refugees who arrive in Canada come from the most grueling situations. Say a woman comes to Canada from Syria or Eritrea, or any country with a similarly appalling human rights record, whose story of persecution is solid and who is extremely likely to be recognized as a refugee once her hearing occurs — she will, as of June 30, be denied medication or treatment for any illness she might have,” says Lee Seymour, Chairperson of the Health Network.
The Heath Network calls on the federal government to reverse the cuts to refugee health care and ensure everyone in this country has access to public health care.
“These cuts are cruel and will mean families will go without the care they need,” says Kyle Buott Coordinator of the Health Network. “Leaving people without access health care isn’t supposed to be what we do in Canada. The federal government must reverse the cuts and work to protect, strengthen and improve public health care for all.”
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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.