14 Jan Media Release: Health Network to hold celebration outside Minister’s office

Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Health Network to hold celebration outside Health Minister’s office in Truro

Halifax, NS – The Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network will be holding a congratulatory celebration for Karen Casey, MLA Colchester North, as a result of her promotion to Minister of Health.  Our message is clear, “Karen, Congratulations! Now stop the Privatization!”

“The Health Network’s members, supporters and affiliates are hopeful that a change in leadership may mean a positive change in direction,” says Kyle Buott, Coordinator of the Health Network.  “We are calling on Minister Casey to reverse the ongoing privatization of our public health care system and bring the existing private, for-profit clinics into the public system.”

Members from the Health Network’s local committees in Truro and Tatamagouche will attend, along with members from Halifax.  The party will be complete with a cake, helium balloons, and a large card for all to sign.

Another major issue of special interest to the Tatamagouche committee, which is part of Karen Casey’s riding, is the ER closures at Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital.  ER closures are not unique to the north shore region of the province but the committee hopes their MLA will recognise the problems this has caused in the region and push to end ER closures around the province.

“We hope Ms. Casey will push for positive, public sector solutions to the ER crisis in the province,” says Judy Davis, spokesperson for the North Shore Citizens’ Health Committee.

The celebration will take place on Thursday, January 15th at  2:00 pm in front of Karen Casey’s office, 30 Duke Street, in Truro.

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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.