02 Apr Media Release: North Shore committee petition with 925+ signatures

Tuesday, 01 April 2008

North Shore Committee presents petition with over 900 signatures

Tatamagouche, NS – The North Shore Citizens’ Health Committee, a local committee of the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network, presented a petition last night to officials with the Colchester East Hants District Health Authority at a meeting held by the Authority in Tatamagouche.

The petition had over 925 signatures out of  approximately 5500 residents of the North Shore area.  This represents over 16% of the population.  The petition called on the DHA to bring a Nurse Practitioner to the Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital in Tatamagouche and to bring one or more Nurse Practitioners to the Colchester Regional Hospital.  The goal is to reduce waiting times at the ERs in Tatamagouche and Truro and reduce of the work load of overworked family physicians.

“This petition is not just a list of names,” says Judy Davis, Media Spokesperson for the North Shore committee.  “This petition represents a community – friends, co-workers, neighbours, who recognize we desperately need a Nurse Practitioner in the area.”

This is just the first of what will be many actions taken by the Nova Scotia Citizens Health Care Network’s local committees.  As the government continues its push towards privatization and the centralization of health services, the committees will be promoting public sector solutions to health care wait times.

“We are very pleased with the work of our North Shore committee,” says Kyle Buott, Coordinator of the Health Network.  “As the government moves forward with their privatization agenda, it is vital that concerned citizens take a stand to protect the public health care system from further deterioration due  to privatization and loss of local access to health services.”

Nurse Practitioners are one potential public sector solution to some of the problems in our public health care system.

“Nurse Practitioners can see about 80% of cases that a family physician sees,” says Davis.  “They can help reduce the case load of our family physicians, potentially freeing up those physicians to spend more time in our ER and keep it open.”

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For more information please contact:

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

Kyle Buott
Provincial Coordinator
Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network
W – (902) 406-9422
C – (902) 478-0239

Please note that Judy Davis will be unavailable for parts of the day.

About the North Shore Citizens’ Health Committee:

The North Shore Citizens’ Health Committee was formed to find public sector solutions to the problems in the health care system. The group has set as two of its goals for this year, to end ER closures at Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital and to bring a Nurse Practitioner to the Tatamagouche community.  The Committee also strives to put an end to the privatization of our public health care system.  The Committee is part of the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network

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.