30 Nov Media Release: ER Closure in New Waterford

Thursday, 29 November 2007

Halifax, NS – The closure of the New Waterford Consolidated Hospital Emergency Room this coming Sunday, Nov 2 from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm shows the provincial government still has no strategy for keeping ER’s open, says the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network.

“We continue to see emergency rooms close around the province,” says Kyle Buott, Coordinator of the Heath Network.  “The provincial government is failing to remedy the situation.”

The shortage of physicians is the number one cause of ER closures, but there are solutions.

“The government should be looking to create traveling teams of physicians, hire more nurse practitioners and, in the long term, focus on training more doctors,” says Buott.  “We need innovative, public sector solutions to solve the ER closures but the only response we seem to hear from this government is to privatize the health care system.”

The Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network is currently working to set up local health committees outside HRM to defend local health care services and stop privatization.

“I encourage concerns citizens in New Waterford and around Nova Scotia to work with us to stop physician shortages and push for public sector solutions,” says Buott.

The Health Network can be reached at (902) 406-9422 or by email at kyle@nshealthcoalition.ca

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For more information please contact:

Kyle Buott
W – (902) 406-9422

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 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 non-partisan and receives no government funding.