11 Feb Media Release: Feb 11/11 – Hospital Cuts Will Affect Patients

Friday, 11 February 2011
Hospital Cuts will Affect Patients

Halifax, NS – Any cuts to hospitals will directly affect patients says the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network. A 5% cut to hospital budgets would mean $77.58 million in cuts according to numbers released by the Health Network.

“Cuts to hospitals will affect patients…period,” says Kyle Buott, Provincial Coordinator of the Health Network. “Whether it is by reducing staffing hours, food quality, number of procedures, maintenance, or infection control processes, hospitals cannot afford any cuts.”

In addition to direct affects on patients, cuts to public health care negatively impact the economy. Public health care is a major employer throughout the province and often provides among the best paying jobs available, especially in some rural communities. Cuts to public health care, while the economic recovery is shaky at best, don’t make sense.

“There are resources in public health care that could be shifted, but cost savings should be redirected into new programs,” says Buott. “Instead of cuts we should provide support to areas like primary care and Community Health Centres, to improve access to care for everyone and reduce costs in the long run.”

Cuts to hospital budgets do not meet with the government’s goal of providing Better care, sooner.

“The Dexter government promises to deliver Better care, sooner. The government should tell Nova Scotians how cutting up to $77.58 million in hospital funding will deliver better care sooner in their communities,” says Buott.

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For more information please contact:

Kyle Buott

Coordinator

Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network

Work – (902) 406-9422

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.