02 May Media Release: MAYDAY MAYDAY MAYDAY! 16 Communities Participate in Day of Action

Thursday, 01 May 2008

16 Communities in Nova Scotia Participate in National Day of Action!

Halifax, NS – The Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network is pleased to report that 16 communities around Nova Scotia will participate in a National Day of Action calling for the private, for-profit health care clinics to be brought into the public health care system.  Activities will also take place in Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, New Brunswick, PEI and Newfoundland and Labrador.

“We are demanding the provincial government bring the two private, for-profit clinics into the public system,” says Kyle Buott, Coordinator of the Health Network.  “The government needs to protect the public health care system and put an end to the two-tiered system that is developing.”

Actions are being held in Yarmouth, Shelburne, Liverpool, Bridgewater, Lunenburg, Mahone Bay, Kentville, New Minas, Wolfville, Halifax, Dartmouth, Tatamagouche, Pictou, New Glasgow, Stellarton, and Inverness.

“16 events around the province should serve as a wake up call to the provincial government, Nova Scotians believe in public health care and want the system protected,” says Buott.  “We need to seek public sector solutions to the problems in the health care system not move backwards towards a pay-as-you-go Americanized system.”

Network members and volunteers will take to the streets on Saturday, May 3rd at various times during the day.  For a full list of activities and times please see our website at www.nshealthcoalition.ca.  A larger demonstration, organized by the Council of Canadians and the Health Network, will be held in Dartmouth at 2:00 pm starting in front of the new NSCC Waterfront Campus and marching towards Scotia Surgery.

“The provincial government is turning a blind eye to privatization and violations of the Canada Health Act,” says Buott.  “The government should demonstrate its commitment to the public health care system by bring the private, for-profit clinics into the public system and stopping the growth of any future private, for-profit clinics.”

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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 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.