10 Dec Media Release: North Shore Citizens’ Health Committee Founded

Sunday, 09 December 2007

North Shore Citizens’ Health Committee Founded

Tatamagouche, NS – The Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network is thrilled to announce the founding of our first Local Health Committee.  The Provincial Coordinator met with local citizens in Tatamagouche to organize the North Shore Citizens’ Health Committee.

“With ER closures and lack of access to services, the North Shore has dozens of health care issues that need to be resolved,” says Judy Davis, media spokesperson for the North Shore Citizens’ Health Committee.  “We are thrilled to be working with the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network to find public sector solutions to the problems in our health care system.”

The Health Committee set five goals to work on over the next year:
1.Communicate information about ER closures and ambulance services to the community
2.Stop ER closures and end the fees on ambulance services
3.Bring a Nurse Practitioner to the community
4.Work on the provincial anti-privatization campaign
5.Meet with local politicians about the problems of privatization

“Privatization would mean an end to local services in the North Shore,” says Davis.  “The only way to protect and enhance the health of our communities is by fighting for public sector solutions.”

The Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network is organizing Local Health Committees around the province to get citizens engaged in the democratic process and fight back against health care cuts and privatization.

“Around Nova Scotia we have many problems, from ER closures to physicians shortages to a lack of a comprehensive wait times strategy,” says Kyle Buott, Coordinator of the Health Network.  “Local committees need to organize themselves and work together to improve local services and fight privatization.”

The Health Network encourages anyone around the province interested in starting a Local Health Committee, or joining and existing one to contact our Provincial Coordinator at (902) 406-9422 or by email at kyle@nshealthcoalition.ca .

To see if there is an existing committee in your area check out our website at www.nshealthcoalition.ca

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For more information please contact:

Judy Davis
Media Spokesperson
North Shore Citizens’ Health Committee
(902) 657-3371

Kyle Buott
Coordinator
Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network
(902) 406-9422


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.