24 Nov Nov 24/11 – Media Release: Health Ministers in Halifax TODAY

Thursday, 24 November 2011

For Immediate Release

November 24, 2011

TODAY: Press Conference, Town Hall on 2014 Health Accord

Halifax, NS – Health Ministers from across the country are meeting in Halifax today and tomorrow to begin preparing for the 2014 Health Accord negotiations.  The Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network and Council of Canadians are holding a press conference to welcome the Health Ministers to Nova Scotia and urge them to protect, strengthen and extend public health care in 2014.

The press conference will begin at 10 am at Province House and will feature national and local speakers.  Full details can be found at http://canadians.org/media/healthcare/2011/01-Nov-11.html.

“As Health Ministers gather here in Halifax we want to send a clear message, in 2014 it’s time to Protect, Strengthen and Extend Medicare,” says Angela Giles, Chair of the Health Network and Regional Organizer of the Council of Canadians.

The Health Network calls on Nova Scotia Health Minister Maureen MacDonald, and other provincial health ministers to:

–       Protect Medicare by stopping the growth of private, for-profit health care

–       Strengthen Medicare through increased federal funding and new national standards

–       Extend Medicare to include important health care services Canadians need, like pharmacare, continuing care and dental care

The Health Network and affiliates will also hold a town hall meeting this evening featuring Maude Barlow, Author, Activist and National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians as the keynote speaker.  Doors open at 6:00 pm with the event starting at 6:30 pm.  St Andrew’s United Church Hall, 6063 Coburg Rd, Halifax.  All are welcome.

“Public involvement is key to making sure the 2014 Health Accord puts the needs of patients first,” says Kyle Buott, Coordinator of the Health Network. “We need to focus on expanding public health care to include the important health care services Nova Scotians need, like pharmacare, continuing care and dental care.”

There will also be a rally at 12:00 noon on Friday, November 25 at Victoria Park, at the corner of Spring Garden and South Park St.

 

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For more information please contact:
Kyle Buott

Coordinator

Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network

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.