01 Feb Media Release: Yarmouth Citizens’ Health Committee started

Thursday, 31 January 2008
Yarmouth County Citizens’ Health Committee founded

Halifax, NS – The Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network is pleased to announce the founding of the Yarmouth County Citizens’ Health Committee based out of the town of Yarmouth.

“We are very pleased that a local health committee has been started in Yarmouth,” says Kyle Buott, Coordinator of the Health Network. “As the provincial government moves forward to implement the Corpus Sanchez report, and privatize the public health care system, these committees will be able to protect local health services.”

The Yarmouth County Citizens’ Health Care Network has set 6 priorities for action including:

1.Long Term Care, Home Care and other Seniors’ Care issues
2.Retention and Recruitment of health care workers, including specialists
3.Wait Times for ERs and family physicians
4.Transportation as a social determinant of health
5.Stopping Privatization
6.Pushing for a National Pharmacare Program

“There is a major need in Yarmouth County for local advocacy and political action to stop the reduction of services and the creeping privatization being pushed by this government,” says John Deveau, media spokesperson for the committee, a health care worker, and President of CUPE local 835. “We’re seeing our health care system deteriorate and this will only continue if they centralize more services in Halifax.”

The Yarmouth committee is the fourth committee set up by the Health Network as part of an organizing drive. The drives focus will now move to the North and Central parts of Nova Scotia.

We are currently trying to organizing local committees in Digby and Shelburne to complete the South West organizing campaign. Interested individuals should contact our provincial office.

For a full list of local committees and areas where we are currently organizing groups, check out our website at www.nshealthcoalition.ca and click on Local Committees. If your community isn’t on the list please contact our Provincial Coordinator at (902) 406-9422 or by email at kyle@nshealthcoalition.ca

“Concerned citizens’ can’t just stand by and watch our public health care system be privatized piece by piece. It’s time to take a stand,” says Buott.

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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

NOTE: To contact local spokespersons please contact the Coordinator and contact information will be provided.

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.