25 Jan Media Release: Health Network to set up committee in Yarmouth

Friday, 25 January 2008

Health Network to set up local committee in Yarmouth

Halifax, NS – The Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network is pleased to announce a meeting to start a local health committee in Yarmouth. The meeting will be held on Thursday, January 31st at 6:30 at the Tri-County Women’s Centre, 238 Main St, in Yarmouth.

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

“We are thrilled to begin our organizing drive in the South West region,” says Kyle Buott, Coordinator of the Health Network. “As the government moves to implement the Corpus Sanchez report, local committees will be able to respond and protect local service delivery.”

The Yarmouth local health committee will be the fifth committee set up in the province, following successful organizing drives in the North Shore, Lunenburg County, Kings-Hants, and in Queens County the day before the Yarmouth meeting.

“The growth of the local health committees shows citizens are prepared to organize themselves to protect the public health care system and local service delivery,” says Buott. “We will be continuing our drive into the northern parts of the province by mid-February.”

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 Yarmouth and the surrounding area for interviews and comments in local media.

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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 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.