20 Mar Open Letter: Premier MacDonald, don’t sign the contract!

Thursday, 20 March 2008
An Open Letter to Premier Rodney MacDonald

“Don’t Sign the Contract with Scotia Surgery!”

Dear Premier MacDonald,

It has come to our attention that the contract between the provincial government and Scotia Surgery Inc. has yet to be signed.

This contract, which will see the OR time and support staff for 500 orthopedic surgeries outsourced to a private, for-profit clinic, marks the beginning of a very slippery slope towards the privatization of our public health care system.

Privatization drains health care workers from the public system.  In fact, many of the nurses working at Scotia Surgery Inc. have come from the public system.  Privatization does not create health care workers.

The Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network, a coalition of local health committees, labour unions, community organizations, women’s groups and individuals, believes this is not a solution to the problems that face our public health care system.

A better solution would be for the government to bring a facility like Scotia Surgery into the public system and create a state-of-the-art, publicly-owned and operated surgical clinic.  This would reduce costs and help address wait time issues. Other solutions include moving towards a centralized wait list for surgeries and using existing capacity at other hospitals in the province.

Premier MacDonald, we implore you not to sign the contract with Scotia Surgery Inc. and to take good look at public sector solutions.

Regards,

Kyle Buott
Coordinator
Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network