22 Nov Media Release: Throne Speech Fails Nova Scotia

Thursday, 22 November 2007

Halifax, NS – Today’s throne speech shows the provincial government has no plan when it comes to health care in Nova Scotia, says the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network.

“The provincial throne speech did not adequately address issues of major concern to Nova Scotians: wait times, access to physicians in rural areas and recruitment and retention of health care workers,” says Kyle Buott, Coordinator of the Health Network.

The throne speech continues to promise more care-guarantees, this time for cancer radiation therapy.

“The government continues to argue for half-measures, like care-guarantees for a handful of procedures while ignoring the the overall picture and the need to reduce wait times in all sectors,” says Buott.

The provincial government issued a call yet again for Pharmacare.

“The family pharmacare plan has been something this government has been promising since they were elected, a slight mention is a throne speech is no remedy for action,” says Buott. “The government needs to announce its plan for Pharmacare very soon and stop using it as a political tool.  They also need to start lobbying the federal government to create a National Pharmacare Programme.”

The specter of privatization continues to haunt Nova Scotians after this throne speech.

“The government announced plans to allow for public-private partnerships, or P3s, when it comes to roads and infrastructure like schools and recreation facilities, this is a slippery slope that could led to privately run hospitals and clinics,” says Buott. “Nova Scotians should be very wary of private for-profit involvement in essential public infrastructure.”

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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.