08 Feb Media Release: North Shore Committee to hold public forum

Thursday, 07 February 2008

North Shore health committee to hold public forum

Tatamagouche, NS – The North Shore Citizens’ Health Committee is holding its first public event on Monday, February 11th at 7:00 pm at the Tatamagouche Fire Hall.  The event is free and refreshments will be served.

The topic will be a discussion on what is happening to health care in Nova Scotia, especially in rural areas.  Kyle Buott, Coordinator of the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network, will speak about the threat of privatization and the Corpus Sanchez report.

“The provincial government still hasn’t solved the ER closure crisis in Tatamagouche,” says Judy Davis, Media Spokesperson for the North Shore committee.  “And now with the Corpus Sanchez report  rural health care seems to be under assault.”

“The Corpus Sanchez report has some scary implications for access to health services in rural areas,” says Kyle Buott, Coordinator of the Health Network.  “The government appears to be planning to centralize most services at regional sites and has opened the door to reducing the number of hours rural ERs are open.  Couple this with Rodney MacDonald’s push towards privatization and we could be seeing major problems emerge in local communities.”

The public is encouraged to attend the forum to hear some of the details in the Corpus Sanchez report and to discuss the problems in health care in their local community.  Davis will also speak about some of the issues specific to the North Shore.

“I encourage folks to get involved with the fight for local service delivery and against privatization,” says Davis.  “We need to make it clear to our government that health care is a public service that should be provided to all citizens regardless of where they live and their ability to pay.”

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For more information please contact:

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

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 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.