11 Jan Media Release: Health Network setting up local committee on South Shore

Thursday, 10 January 2008

Health Network to set up local committee on South Shore

Halifax, NS – The Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network is pleased to announce plans to organize a local health committee on the South Shore at a meeting on Tuesday, January 15th at 6:00 pm at Second Story Womens’ Centre , 22 King St in Lunenburg.

“Communities along the South Shore have seen their access to health care deteriorate over the years as health services become consolidated in large population centers,” says Kyle Buott, Provincial Coordinator of the Health Network.  “Coupled with the ongoing threat of privatization, this produces a situation where citizens should be concerned and ready to organize to defend the public health care system and local service delivery”

Based out of Lunenburg, this local health committee is the first of three planned committees on the South Shore and is the third of such committees organized around the province, the others being on the North Shore and in the Annapolis Valley.

“The Mahone Bay, Lunenburg and Bridgewater area is just the start of an organizing campaign on the South Shore,” says Buott.  “The Health Network intends to organize local committees in Shelburne and Liverpool as well.”

The local health committees will focus on health issues in their communities and on broader provincial issues like fighting privatization and pushing for new programs like Pharmacare.

“Issues like ER closures, lack of physicians and wait times must be addressed hand-in-hand with issues like privatization because the government uses these problems as an excuse to privatize the system,” says Buott.  “The only solution to the problems in health care are in the public sector and include things like traveling physician teams, increasing the use of nurse practitioners and innovative queue management techniques.”

Individuals are encouraged to contact our provincial office at (902) 406-9422 or by email at kyle@nshealthcoalition.ca for more information.

If citizens are interested in starting a local health committee in their community they are encouraged to check out our website at www.nshealthcoalition.ca and look under Local Health Committees.  If your community is not on the list contact our provincial office.

“Concerned citizens cannot just sit by and watch our system be torn apart by the profiteers.  Its time to take a stand,” 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 (After 5:00 pm)

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.