25 Jan Media Release: Health Network to set up Committee in Queens County

Thursday, 24 January 2008

Health Network to start local committee in Queens County

Halifax, NS – The Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network is pleased to announce plans to start a local health committee in Queens County, based out of Liverpool. The meeting will be held at the Hank Snow Country Music Centre, 148 Bristol Ave in Liverpool at 6:30 on Wednesday, January 30th.

The meeting is open to the public and all interested individuals and organizations are welcome to attend.

“We are continuing our organizing drive through the South Shore,” says Kyle Buott, Coordinator of the Health Network. “Queens County faces many challenges in providing health care, but we also see some of the solutions we have been advocating in place already, like the North Queens Community Health Centre.”

The Queens County committee will be the fourth local health committee in the province and the second of three committees planned for the South Shore.

“After Queens County we will begin an organizing drive in Shelburne County,” says Buott. “This will complete our goal of setting up three local committees in the communities along the South Shore.”

The committee will focus on two sets of issues, local and provincial. In other areas the local health committees look at issues like ER closures and getting new family doctors and nurse practitioners brought to the area. The committee will determine what the major health issues are locally and organize educational events and political campaigns to make positive changes.

“Our approach is unique in that we couple local service issues with broader provincial issues like stopping privatization and pushing for a National Pharmacare Program,” says Buott.

Individuals or organizations interested in getting involved should contact the provincial office at (902) 406-9422 or by email at kyle@nshealthcoalition.ca . For a complete list of where committees are being organized please check out our website at www.nshealthcoalition.ca. If your community is not on the list, contact the provincial office and we can start an organizing drive in the area.

“Our public health care system is under attack,” says Buott. “Concern citizens cannot stand by and watch our system be sold off to the profiteers. It is time to take a stand in defense of local access to services and the public health care system.”

Buott will be available during the day in Liverpool and the surrounding area for interviews and comments in local media.

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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 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.