14 Jan Media Release: Provincial Health Review may push privatization, warns Health Network

Sunday, 13 January 2008

Provincial Review of Health Care could Facilitate Privatization, Warns Health Network

Halifax, NS – The provincial government announced today that they will release the Provincial Health Services Operational Review (PHSOR, written by Corpus Sanchez, on Thursday, January 17th.   The Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network warns that the report will likely call for increased privatization and P3s while simultaneously closing rural ERs or reducing their hours of operation.

“PHSOR could potentially be devastating to our public health care system,” says Kyle Buott, Coordinator of the Health Network.  “We have heard that the report will call for rural ER closures or reductions in hours of operation.”

The report will likely also contain calls for outsourcing public sector jobs to the private sector, consolidating diagnostic and laboratory services, and, of course, hint at a major role for the private sector in the delivery of health services as Premier MacDonald highlighted to the Halifax Chamber of Commerce in December.

“If our fears are true, this report will be a blueprint for systematically dismantling the public health care system in Nova Scotia,” says Buott.  “It will destroy access to care in local communities and introduce P3 privatization in building and managing hospitals.”

The Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network will be attending the government’s press conference and will be prepared to comment on the report.

“The provincial government seems to be setting itself up for a collision with public opinion in the province,” says Buott.  “Nova Scotians want a publicly funded, publicly delivered health care system that is based on need not ability to pay.”

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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 (After 4:00 pm)

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.