13 Nov Nov 13/09 – Media Release: Health Cuts Not a Solution

Friday, 13 November 2009

Health Care cuts are not a real solution to provincial deficit

Halifax, NS – The Economic Advisory Panel’s suggestions cannot be implemented without hospital closures and layoffs, says the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network.

“Our health care system is already stretched too thin,” says Kyle Buott, Provincial Coordinator of the Health Network.  “An attempt to reduce funding will result in ER closures, layoffs and longer wait times.”

One of the report’s suggestions is to cut up to $1.3 billion in spending over the next three years with the goal of presenting a balanced budget.  The report does nothing to challenge the myth that all budgets must be balanced.

“Governments often run deficit budgets, it is an important aspect of public policy,” says Buott.  “Governments must, like individuals, make investments.  If an individual buys a house, they create a mortgage which they pay off over a number of years.  Government investments in health, education and infrastructure should be viewed the same way.”

The government plans to respond to the report on Monday. The Health Network urges Premier Dexter to examine all of the reports suggestions and find ways to ensure there are not cuts in funding to vital programs like health care.

“Nova Scotians depend on quality public health care services.  If the question is between having a deficit and closing local hospitals and ERs, Nova Scotians will always put their family’s health first,” 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

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 local health committees, 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.