MacDonald Government Makes Another Health Care Mistake

    HALIFAX, March 12 /CNW/ - The president of CUPE NS, Danny Cavanagh, says
Rodney MacDonald's decision to sign a contract with the private sector to
perform more than 500 surgeries in the next year is another health care
mistake that will cost all Nova Scotians.
    "We know that public private partnerships do not work," says Cavanagh.
"We know that the costs are higher than predicted, and we have many examples
of the negative impacts of P3s right here in Nova Scotia, but still the
MacDonald government is pushing ahead with their private agenda."
    "Nova Scotians want public health care," says Cavanagh, "they deserve to
have surgeries performed in public hospitals where emergency services are
readily available, not in private clinics that are not accountable to
    "This is simply more smoke and mirrors from Rodney MacDonald who is
desperately trying to come up with something to increase his government's
popularity with the people of Nova Scotia, without tackling the real problems
in health care like recruitment and retention of health care workers."
    The MacDonald government's plan will also have a direct negative impact
on the number of nurses available in the province. This clinic has already
taken nurses out of the public system, hiring senior RN's from Colchester
Regional Hospital.
    "The government needs to stop jeopardizing the quality of health care in
Nova Scotia with pricy private contracts, and instead invest that money into
recruiting and retaining health care professionals in the public system," says
    "As Canada's largest union, we are putting Rodney MacDonald on notice
that CUPE will be standing shoulder to shoulder with any other union that is
sideswiped by desperate measures of a desperate government."

For further information:

For further information: Danny Cavanagh, President, CUPE Nova Scotia,
(902) 957-0822 (c); Caroline Read, CUPE Research Representative, (902)
880-5996 (c)

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