26 May Media Release: North Shore Committee to hold Info Picket

Sunday, 25 May 2008

North Shore Committee to hold Info Picket

Tatamagouche, NS – The North Shore Citizens’ Health Committee plans to hold an information picket on Thursday, May 29th from 1-3 outside the Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital in Tatamagouche.  The ER at the hospital has been closing far too frequently despite promises by the District Health Authority and provincial government to maintain 24/7 service at the ER.

“The closures have gone on long enough,” says Judy Davis, media spokesperson for the committee.  “The Health Authority and provincial government need to make good on their commitments to the North Shore region and ensure the ER stays open.”

The committee, which is part of the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network, launched a campaign to bring a nurse practitioner to the area as part of the solution to the ER closures.  A nurse practitioner would be able to see up to 80% of the case seen by physicians and would free up physicians’ time to spend in the ER.  The committee presented a petition with over 925 signatures to the Colchester East Hants Health Authority on April 1st, calling for a nurse practitioner to be brought to the North Shore.

“The Health Authority has said they would seriously consider our demand for a nurse practitioner,” says Davis.  “We are here today to keep building pressure on the DHA and provincial government to bring a nurse practitioner to the North Shore and keep the ER open.”

The committee is vowing to continue building pressure in the community until a solution is found.

“We have held public meetings, launched a major petition, and now we are holding this information picket and we will continue to escalate our tactics until a solution is found,” says Davis.  “The citizens along the North Shore need access to health care service in our communities.  The province has a responsibility to provide those services.  There is no excuse.”

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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
(902) 406-9422

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.