06 Dec Media Release: Tatamagouche ER Closure Continues

Thursday, 06 December 2007

Tatamagouche ER Closure Continues

Halifax, NS – The Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network is angry that the provincial government continues to talk about privatization while Emergency Rooms continue to close around the province, this time for three days at Lillian Fraser Hospital in Tatamagouche.

“Once again we see Lillian Fraser hospital closing its ER due to a lack of physicians,” says Kyle Buott, Coordinator of the Health Network.  “At the same time the Premier continues to talk about privatization instead of fixing the real issues in our health care system.”

Yesterday the Premier told Nova Scotians they needed to get over their “paranoia” of private health care.

“While the Premier is attacking a core belief held by most Nova Scotians that access to health care should be based on need, not ability to pay, ERs continue to close around the province,” says Buott.  “Rodney MacDonald was elected to fix the problems in health care not make them worse through privatization, which will result in even fewer physicians working in the health care system and as Lillian Fraser Hospital’s closure indicates we need more physicians not less.”

The Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network will be holding a meeting to found a local health committee in Tatamagouche tomorrow, December 7th.

“Tomorrow I will be traveling to Tatamagouche to meet with concerned citizens to form a  local chapter of our Health Network,” says Buott.  “I encourage anyone in the area who is interested to call our provincial office for more information.”

The Health Network will be setting up local health committees around the province to defend public health care and local service delivery.  If individuals are interested they should call the provincial office at (902) 406-9422 or email kyle@nshealthcoalition.ca .

“It is time for citizens to mobilize and defend our public health care system from underfunding and privatization,” says Buott.

For more information please contact:

Kyle Buott
W – 406-9422

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 non-partisan and receives no government funding.