14 Dec Media Release: Lillian Fraser ER Closing Again

Thursday, 13 December 2007

Lillian Fraser Hospital ER Closing Again

Tatamagouche, NS – The ER closure at Lillian Fraser Hospital is another sign that the provincial government is trying to create a crisis to push for privatization, says the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network and its local committee on the North Shore.

“Why is the ER closing again?” asks Judy Davis, spokesperson for the North Shore Citizens Health Committee.  “Despite bringing a new doctor to the area, the provincial government is failing to solve the problems.”

One of the solutions to the problems in Tatamagouche would be to bring a nurse practitioner to the area.  The local committee has made this, along with keeping the ER open, a priority for action in the New Year.

“We need a nurse practitioner here in the community,” says Davis.  “This would help with wait times and assist physicians in providing high levels of care in the community.”

The provincial government has been creating a sense of crisis in the health care system for years.

“Rodney MacDonald’s goal is to privatize the health care system, we saw this very clearly in the Throne Speech and his speech to the Halifax Chamber of Commerce,” says Kyle Buott, coordinator of the Health Network.  “Over the years they have created a false sense of crisis by starving the system of needed funds and not hiring enough staff.  They are trying to use this situation to push privatization on Nova Scotians by arguing the private sector if more efficient.”

There are public sector solutions to the problems in our health care system.

“The only solutions to the problem in our health care system are in the public sector,” says Buott.  “By using new and innovative solutions like queue-management, traveling surgical teams and increasing the use of nurse practitioners we can start solving these problems, all we need is the political will to do so and we aren’t seeing that from this government.”

The Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network is organizing local health committees around the province to stop privatization and defend access to local services.  Anyone interested in getting involved, either on the North Shore or around the province, should contact our provincial office at (902) 406-9422 or by email at kyle@nshealthcoalition.ca .

To see if a local committee is being organized or working in your community see our website at www.nshealthcoalition.ca.

“Citizens must work together and defend our public health care system, ensure local delivery of services, and stop privatization,” says Buott.

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For more information please contact:

Kyle Buott
Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network
(902) 406-9422
(902) 444-1862 (Friday)

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.