28 Nov Media Release: ER Closure Shows Lack of Government Paln

Tuesday, 27 November 2007

Halifax, NS – Continued emergency room closures around the province show the provincial government lacks a comprehensive plan for managing the health care system, says the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network.

“The provincial government is making little effort to solve the problems faced by our health care system,” says Kyle Buott, Coordinator of the Health Network. “Instead of taking the initiative and solving the problems in the public system the government sits on its hands as the system deteriorates.”

The recent closure at Lillian Fraser Hospital in Tatamagouche and other closures in rural areas and Cape Breton demonstrate the need for innovation in providing health care services.  The closures disproportionately affect rural areas and show a deterioration in access to care in rural areas.

“The provincial government is seeking to privatize our health care system.  Their throne speech called for public subsidies to private clinics and for hospitals to be built with a P3 model.” says Buott. “They seem to have no interest in solving the problems in health care, only in funneling money to the private sector.”

There are alternatives and public-sector solutions to some of the most pressing issues in health care that have been documented throughout Canada that the government could implement.

“New techniques like queue management, team-based care and increased use of nurse practitioners have shown that we can reduce wait times and solve staff shortages in the public system,” says Buott.  “The government knows the solutions exist, they simply haven’t the political will to implement them and would prefer to see our public health care system privatized piece by piece until there is nothing left.”

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For more information please contact:

Kyle Buott
W – 406-9422

About the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network:

Founded 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.