31 Jul Media Release: Government decides against P3 for Victoria General Hospital

Wednesday, 30 July 2008

Government decides against P3 for Victoria General Hospital

 

Halifax, NS – The provincial government’s decision not to use a P3 privatization model for the Victoria General Hospital in Halifax is a step in the right direction, says the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network.

Communications representatives from the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal would not say the provincial government has ruled out using a P3 model for the Victoria General, only that it would not be considered at this time.

“Though the report from Partnerships BC recommended the use of a P3 privatization model for the Victoria General, the provincial government’s decision not to pursue this route now should be celebrated,” says Kyle Buott, Coordinator of the Health Network. “However, the government’s plans to proceed with P3 models in 4 other projects raises concerns that they could change their minds.”

The report from Partnerships BC, a crown corporation in BC whose sole purpose is to develop relationships between governments and the private sector with the goal of building P3s, recommends using a P3 privatization model for the Victoria General. Evidence from other jurisdictions show that P3 models result in higher costs and missed deadlines. A study from the Ontario Heath Coalition looked at cost overruns and delays in P3 health infrastructure. The report can be found at http://www.web.net/ohc/071005.pdf.

In Ontario, 5 P3 hospitals were being built with cost overruns of $1 billion and significant time delays,” says Buott. “While we are pleased the government decide to not proceed at this time with a P3 privatization model for the Victoria General, we will continue to monitor the situation and mobilize our members to ensure all health care infrastructure remains in public hands to ensure accountability and best value for citizens of the province.”

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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.