16 Jan Media Release: Government creating sense of crisis

Tuesday, 15 January 2008

Government creating sense of crisis to push health care privatization

Halifax, NS – The provincial health review that will be released tomorrow is designed to project an image of a system in crises so the provincial government can push its agenda of privatization, says the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network.

“The Corpus Sanchez report will contain recommendations that move our system towards increased privatization,” says Kyle Buott, Coordinator of the Health Network. “The government is seeking to make the public believe the system is in crisis and, as a result, tough medicine is in order.”

The Deputy Minister of Health told the public accounts committee today that the department is ready to move forward with a transformation of the health care system and that health care thinking has to shift dramatically.

“The report by Corpus Sanchez will call for radical changes in the way our health care is delivered,” says Buott.  “We will see service reductions in rural areas and a major push towards privatization and P3s.”

The only way to solve the problems in the public health care system is in the public system itself.

“There are solutions to the problems within the public health care system,” says Buott.  “We could create traveling physician teams, increase the use of nurse practitioners and use new queue management techniques, among other things.  All we need is the political will to protect and expand our public system and this government doesn’t seem to have that will.”

Buott will be available via cell phone all day tomorrow before and after the provincial review is released for comments to the media.

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For more information please contact:

Kyle Buott
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 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.