MEDIA ADVISORY: Canada’s Health Coalitions Call for a United Health Accord

Across Canada– Canada’s health coalitions are releasing a joint statement and will host a joint media conference tomorrow on the federal government’s decision to walk away from the table on the Health Accord negotiations and push through bilateral health deals. The health coalitions are deeply concerned about the future of Canada’s universal, single-tier public health care system. The Coalitions warn that the process adopted by the federal government is poor and contravenes Trudeau’s election promise to work with the provinces to forge a new Health Accord. The bilateral deals now being pushed through will lead to cuts in public health care, exacerbate health care inequities across the country, and reduce the authority of the federal government to uphold the Canada Health Act.

WHAT: Canada’s national, provincial and territorial health coalitions are releasing a joint statement and hosting an online media conference on the bilateral health deals being struck across the country.

WHEN: Thursday, February 9th, 2017 12pmET

WHERE:  Online at: http://canadians.adobeconnect.com/health_coalitions/ Media will be able to participate and ask questions of all presenters.

For media in Ottawa, you can also attend the conference in person at: 251 Bank St, 2nd floor Blue and Green Room, Ottawa ON

WHO (speaking at the conference): British Columbia Health Coalition, Ontario Health Coalition, Nova Scotia Health Coalition, PEI Health Coalition, Canadian Health Coalition

WHY: Since late December the federal government has abandoned a national health accord negotiation and is now signing bilateral health deals with the provinces and territories. These deals will not fund public health care at the needed level to maintain today’s public health care services. Canada’s Health Coalitions are speaking out and calling for a national Health Accord which ensures everyone can access needed health care services in accordance with the Canada Health Act.

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For more information, please contact:

Adrienne Silnicki
Canadian Health Coalition
613.402.6793 (cell)
asilnicki@healthcoalition.ca

Adam Lynes-Ford
BC Health Coalition
604-787-6560 (cell)
adam@bchealthcoalition.ca

Ben McDonald
Alternatives North (NWT)
867-445-5854 (cell)
benmcdonald@mac.com

Leading Eagle Man (Chief)
Saskatchewan Health Coalition
306-880-2488
daltonchief@gmail.com

Natalie Mehra
Ontario Health Coalition
416-230-6402 (cell)
ohc@sympatico.ca

Chris Parsons
Nova Scotia Health Coalition
902-880-8628 (cell)
coordinator@nshealthcoalition.ca

Mary Boyd
PEI Health Coalition
902-388-2693 (cell)
maryboyd@live.ca

Mary Clark
Health Coalition of Newfoundland and Labrador
709-687-1960
maryc_hcnl@hotmail.com

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