25 May Media Release: DHA follows the people’s advice, North Shore Citizens’ Health Committee Thrilled!

Monday, 25 May 2009
DHA follows the people’s advice, North Shore Citizens’ Health Committee Thrilled!

Tatamagouche, NS – The North Shore Citizens’ Health Committee is declaring victory in a year and a half long campaign to save the ER at Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital.  Today the Colchester East Hants Health Authority announced they were moving forward on two key recommendations the committee had been pushing.

“This is a major victory for our community,” says Judy Davis, Spokesperson for the Committee.  “It shows that grassroots, community organizing works.”

The Health Authority has agreed to move towards an Alternative Payment Plan for physicians in the community and to bring a Nurse Practitioner to the area

“When we started this campaign in December of 2007, there was just a small group of us around a table in the senior’s centre,” says Davis.  “We organized a petition that was signed by almost  1,000 people, held townhall meetings, information pickets and demonstrations, and, finally, we have seen the DHA take action to protect the health of citizens in the North Shore region.”

The Committee will continue to monitor the situation and ensure that the promises made today are carried out after the provincial election.

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For more information please contact:

Judy Davis
Media Spokesperson
North Shore Citizens’ Health Committee
(902) 657-3371

Kyle Buott
Provincial Coordinator
Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network
W – (902) 406-9422
C – (902) 478-0239

About the North Shore Citizens’ Health Committee:

The North Shore Citizens’ Health Committee was formed to find public sector solutions to the problems in the health care system. The group has set two goals, to end ER closures at Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital and to bring a Nurse Practitioner to the Tatamagouche community.  The Committee also strives to put an end to the privatization of our public health care system.  The Committee is part of the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network

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.