23 Apr Media Release: Health Minister’s Statement on ER Closures Screams Hypocrisy

Thursday, 23 April 2009

Health Minister’s Statement on ER Closures Screams Hypocrisy

Tatamagouche, NS – The North Shore Citizens’ Health Committee, a local committee of the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network, is shocked at the Health Minister’s recent interest in ER closures at Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital and around the province.

The Committee has been campaigning for 14 months against ER closures using a variety of tactics including a petition, public meetings, information pickets and demonstrations to draw attention and action to the issue.

“I was shocked to see Karen Casey’s comments in the Herald this morning” says Judy Davis, spokesperson for the Committee.  “In our 14 months of campaigning to stop the ER closures, despite being our MLA, she has neither said or done anything to support our campaign publicly.”

With a provincial election looming in the air, it seems the provincial government is trying to tie up any issues that might hurt them at the ballot box.

“These closures have been going on much longer than the 14 months we have been working on them,” says Davis.  “With a government that has been in power for 10 years it is totally hypocritical and self-serving to make an announcement like this right before an election.”

The Committee wants to make sure the ER closures are a major issue during the coming election campaign and is planning a variety of actions during the campaign to draw attention to the issues.

 

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For more information please contact:

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

Kyle Buott
Provincial Coordinator
Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network
W – (902) 406-9422
C – (902) 478-0239

 

About the North Shore Citizens’ Health Committee:

The North Shore Citizens’ Health Committee was formed to find public sector solutions to the problems in the health care system. The group has set two goals, to end ER closures at Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital and to bring a Nurse Practitioner to the Tatamagouche community.  The Committee also strives to put an end to the privatization of our public health care system.  The Committee is part of the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network

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.