08 Jan Media Release: Roseway ER in Shelburne Closes

Monday, 07 January 2008

Roseway Hospital ER closure illustrates government’s lack of plan

Halifax, NS – The pending closure of the ER at Rosewood Hospital in Shelburne on Thursday shows the provincial government has no plan to keep rural ERs open, says the Nova Scotia Citizens Health Care Network.

“The provincial government has no plan to keep rural ERs open,” says Kyle Buott, Coordinator of the Health Network.  “This has serious implications when it comes to access to health care services in rural areas and is the latest in a long series of downgrades and the undermining of services at Roseway Hospital.”

The provincial government has spent $1 million on a report on health care delivery from Corpus Sanchez and continues to conceal the document, which has a whole chapter devoted to Emergency Rooms.

“The government needs to release the Corpus Sanchez report immediately,” says Buott.  “The Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network has some major concerns that this report will recommend the government close rural ERs and allow private, for-profit delivery of health care services.  Rodney MacDonald needs to clear the air.”

The Health Network is currently organizing Local Health Committees around the province to push for better access to health care services and to stop the privatization of the public health care system.

“I encourage all interested citizens in Shelburne and throughout the province to contact our provincial office about getting involved in the struggle to protect public health care,” says Buott.

Our provincial office can be reached 9-5, Monday to Friday at (902) 406-9422 and by email at kyle@nshealthcoalition.ca .

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For more information please contact:

Kyle Buott
Coordinator
Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network
Work – (902) 406-9422
Cell – (902) 478-0239 (After 5:00 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.