01 Jun Media Release: Health Platform’s Disappointing
Monday, 01 June 2009
Health Platform’s Disappointing, Greens Score Highest Grade
Halifax, NS – The Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network released a new report this morning examining all four political parties’ platforms. All parties scored very poorly.
“All four political parties’ platforms on health care are extremely disappointing,” says Kyle Buott, Coordinator of the Health Network. “None of the parties presented a vision for health care in the province.”
The Green Party of Nova Scotia came out with the highest mark, a C-. The Conservatives, NDP and Liberals all received a D.
“We found it quite alarming that only the Green Party stated their commitment to the public health care system,” says Buott. “We are calling on the other three parties to affirm their support for a single-tier, publicly-funded, publicly-delivered health care system.”
Also of concern, the Conservative platform highlights their government’s on-going support of for-profit health care including the Scotia Surgery clinic and the for-profit contract for Telecare.
“What is clear from this report is that regardless of which party forms government, supporters of the public health care system will need to build pressure from below to protect, strengthen and extend the public health care system,” says Buott.
For more information please see the full report attached to this media release. The report is also available on our website at www.nshealthcoalition.ca.
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For more information please contact:
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.