07 May Media Release: Government plan for physicians falls short

Tuesday, 06 May 2008

Government plan on physicians too little too late, says Health Network

Halifax, NS – The provincial government’s plan to fund 10 additional medical student seats at Dalhousie University is too little too late and appears to be politically motivated, says the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network.

“If the provincial government was serious about training more physicians they would have included it in their budget, instead they are making a small gesture to try and guarantee that the budget gets passed,” says Kyle Buott, Coordinator of the Health Network.  “The government needs to stop playing politics with health care and start developing a comprehensive health human resources strategy that includes consultation with all stakeholders.”

The Liberal Caucus had proposed a viable plan of providing free tuition for up to 100 medical students over 5 years in return for promises to work in under-serviced region of the province.

“The provincial government should adopt the Liberal plan in its entirety as a first step towards ensuring Nova Scotia has the physicians it will need to maintain a sustainable public health care system,” says Buott.  “But physicians are only one part of the equation, a focus towards recruitment and retention of allied health workers is absolutely necessary.”

The provincial government needs to show it is serious about protecting and strengthening the public health care system.

“The government needs to focus on solving the problems in the public health care system, issue like ER closures, wait times and the health human resources shortage,” says Buott.

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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 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.