16 Nov Nov 16/09: Media Release: Public Consultations No Smokescreen for Health Care Cuts

Monday, 16 November 2009

Public Consultations No Smokescreen for Health Care Cuts

Halifax, NS – The NDP Government’s plan to hold public consultations around the province about the state of the economy and the decisions the province faces should not be used to undermine our public healthcare system, says the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network.

“Whenever there are difficult decisions to be made, especially about social services like health care, it is important that governments engage in a broad, open and transparent process with people on the ground, around the province without predetermining healthcare cuts.” says Kyle Buott, Provincial Coordinator of the Health Network.

The Health Network will closely monitor the development on this consultation process and will ensure community voices are heard loud and clear.

“Budgeting is about priorities and Nova Scotians have consistently said that health care is their number one priority,” says Buott.  “The Health Network will ensure that maintaining and enhancing public healthcare is consistently heard through this consultation process.”

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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.