27 Oct Media Release: Extra Coverage at LFMH

Monday, 27 October 2008

Extra coverage at local hospital good first step, more action needed, says committee

Tatamagouche, NS – The North Shore Citizen’s Health Committee is pleased to receive word from the Colchester East Hants Health Authority that an additional doctor has agreed to cover shifts for 36 hours a week at the Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital.

“We are very pleased to see that the demand for action from our communities has been partially answered,” says Judy Davis, Spokesperson for the Committee.  “We will monitor the situation closely and continue our push to bring a nurse practitioner to the North Shore region.”

The committee has been working for the last 8 months to raise awareness about the ER closures at Lillian Fraser through a petition, public meetings and information pickets in Tatamagouche and Truro.

“This new physician should be able to take some of the pressure off the closures, however it is important that Lillian Fraser be open 24/7 and that residents of the area have access to health care services,” says Davis. “The problems are much deeper and we will need to look at issues like physician compensation and a team-based approach to health care to produce a long-term, sustainable solution.”

The committee is still waiting for a response to a letter delivered personally at a demonstration in August to the office CEHHA CEP Peter MacKinnon about issues in the community.

“We will continue to defend the rights of citizens along the North Shore and push for access to heath care services in our communities,” says Davis.

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For more information please contact:

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