23 Jan Media Release: Kings-Hants Citizens’ Health Committee Started

Tuesday, 22 January 2008
Kings-Hants Citizens’ Health Committee Founded

Kentville, NS – The Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network is pleased to announce a successful founding meeting was held yesterday evening to start the Kings-Hants Citizens’ Health Committee.

“We are thrilled to have our third local committee up and running,” says Kyle Buott, Coordinator of the Health Network. “As the government moves towards privatization and reducing the services available in rural areas, these local committees will be in place to fight back and defend local service provision.”

The committee set five priorities for action including three local priorities and two provincial priorities:

1.Provision of and access to family physicians and nurse practitioners
2.Seniors Care
3.Increasing access to preventative care
4.Stopping Privatization
5.Pushing for a National Pharmacare Program

“Timely access to family physicians is a major issue in parts of Kings and Hants counties,” says  Debbie McLaughlin, a local resident who was chosen as one of the media spokespersons for the committee.  “Our committee looks forward to organizing political pressure to promote public sector solutions to these issues.”

The recent study by Corpus Sanchez could have negative effects on rural communities like Kings and Hants counties.

“We will be watching the governments’ next steps very closely,” says McLaughlin.  “We want to make sure this new direction doesn’t include ER closures or reductions in the hours of service.”

The Kings-Hants committee is part of a provincial organizing drive by the Health Network to set up local committees to fight for local access to health services and stop the creeping privatization of our public health care system.  Committees also exist in the North Shore and South Shore and exploratory groups exist in over 10 other communities in Nova Scotia.

“Anyone interested in protecting, advancing and strengthening public health care should contact our province office and find out if there is a local committee being organized in their community,” says Buott.  “Nova Scotia has built a health care system based on need, not ability to pay.  We have to ensure we go forward, not backward.”

For more information please contact:

Kyle Buott
Coordinator
Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network
Work – (902) 406-9422
Cell – (902) 478-0239

NOTE: To contact local spokespersons please contact the Coordinator and contact information will be provided.

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.