14 Dec Media Release: Three ERs close in one day

Friday, 14 December 2007

Three ER Closures Announced in One Day

Halifax, NS – Three ERs around Nova Scotia announced today that they will be closing in the coming days due to lack of physicians.  Tatamagouche, New Waterford, and Shelburne will see closed ERs over the next few days.

“This is absolutely outrageous,” says Kyle Buott, Coordinator of the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network.  “ERs are closing around the province due to a lack of physicians and the provincial government is sitting on its hands.”

The only solutions to the problems facing our health care system are found in the public sector, but the current government is seeking only to privatize the system.

“All of the research suggests the only cures for our health system are in the public sector but the Rodney MacDonald government continues to talk about privatization and public-private partnerships,” says Buott.  “Rodney MacDonald was elected to fix the problems in health care, not privatize it.”

The Health Network is organizing against the closures and against privatization.

“The Nova Scotia Citizen’s Health Care Network is actively organizing local health committees around the province to fight for local access to services and against privatization,” says Buott.  “Individuals interested in getting involved should contact our provincial office.”

To get involved with the fight to save Medicare individuals should call our provincial office at (904) 406-9422 or email at kyle@nshealthcoalition.ca .

To find out if a committee is being organize in your area check out our website at www.nshealthcoalition.ca.

“Citizens’ need to stand up a fight back against the attacks on our public health care system,” says Buott.

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For more information please contact:

Kyle Buott
Coordinator
Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network
(902) 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 political but non-partisan and receives no government funding.