19 Feb Media Release: Starting health committee in New Glasgow

Monday, 18 February 2008< Meeting in New Glasgow to start local health committee

Halifax, NS – The Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network is pleased to announce a meeting to set up a local health committee in Pictou county, based out of New Glasgow.

The meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 20th at 6:30 pm at the Canadian Union of Public Employees Board room, 115 MacLean St, New Glasgow.  The meeting is open to the public and is designed to set up a local health committee.

“We are very pleased to be holding a meeting in New Glasgow to start a local health committee,” says Kyle Buott, Coordinator of the Health Network.  “This is the first stop for our North and Central Nova Scotia organizing drive and will be the fifth committee we have set up in the province.”

The role of the local health committee is twofold.  They identify and address local health care issues, like ER closures or lack of family doctors, but they also look at the broader provincial issues like stopping privatization and creating a National Pharmacare Program.

“By combining local health issues with broader provincial issues the local health committees are able to provide a balanced political voice to protect the public health care system,” say Buott.  “The committees are not designed to replace the Community Health Board but to provide a way for citizens to engage in the debate around health care in this province.”

The North and Central Nova Scotia organizing drive seeks to set up between three and five local health committees in Colchester, Cumberland and Pictou counties.  We currently have exploratory groups in Truro and Amherst and are also developing contacts in Springhill.  We also have a committee in place already on the North Shore, based out of Tatamagouche.

Individuals and organizations interested in being involved should contact our provincial office at (902) 406-9422.  For a complete list of areas where we are currently organizing committees check out our website at www.nshealthcoalition.ca and click on “Local Committees”.

“Concerned citizens cannot just stand back and watch our public health care system be dismantled by the profiteers,” says Buott.  “It is time to take a stand against privatization and for local service delivery.”

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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

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.