25 Sep Release: Health Network Publishes Names of Pro-Public Health Candidates

For immediate release

 

Halifax, NS -The Nova Scotia Citizen’s Health Care Network published a complete list of candidates that signed onto its Health Care Champion Pledge.The pledge was sent to all candidates running in the provincial election. By signing it, candidates acknowledged the dangers of privatizing health care and affirmed their commitment to ensuring Nova Scotians have access to comprehensive public health care and to uphold the values of the Canada Health Act.

 

All fifty one candidates for the NDP signed the pledge. Twenty Seven Liberal candidates signed on, including leader Stephen McNeil and health critic Leo Glavine. Only one member of the PC party signed; Edna Lee in Cape Breton Centre. All sixteen candidates for the Green Party also signed.

 

“This is about separating the wheat from the chaff” said James Hutt, Co-ordinator of the Health Network. “It’s easy to put a line in a platform, but these candidates have actually committed to championing the improvement of our province’s health care system and keeping it accessible to everyone.”

 

Health care has emerged as a key issue in this provincial election. With looming federal funding cuts of more than $157 million annually in federal health care, Nova Scotia will face significant challenges in meeting the needs of its aging population.

 

In the pledge, candidates agree that privatization “poaches health care workers…drains resources and increases wait times… and hurts all Nova Scotians through increased costs, lower safety standards and reduced access.” The pledge also commits candidates to proclaiming Bill 144 – the Insured Health Services Act.

 

“Bill 144 is a huge step forward for our province and was passed in the Legislature last December. It bans queue jumping, reinforces bans on extra-billing, and keeps doctors in the public service” said Ian Johnson, Vice-Chair of the Network. “However, the bill still needs to be proclaimed to take effect. We want to the government, no matter what party it is, to commit to it.”

 

The Health Network applauds all candidates that signed the pledge, and encourages voters to consider who in their riding will best ensure that Nova Scotians get the care they need.

 

To see the complete pledge and a full list of signatories by riding, visit

http://nshealthcoalition.ca/2013/09/25/pledges/

 

 

 

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For more information, contact:

 

James Hutt

Provincial Coordinator

Nova Scotia Citizen’s Health Care Network

(Office) 406-9422

james@nshealthcoalition.ca