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Nova Scotia spends $100,000 on a private firm to find out how to cut health care costs

Firm already a proponent of more privatization, sits on P3 council.

Cavanagh: E&Y makes money by promoting P3s. If we privatize a service, they stand to gain even more.HALIFAX, NS, October 1, 2011: The Nova Scotia government has hired Ernst & Young, a member of the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnership, to make suggestions regarding health care savings, writes Jonathan Arenson of the Chronicle Herald. Unions say privatization will be the inevitable result and deplore that the contract was ever even awarded when front-line health care workers are not being consulted.

"Union leaders have sent a clear message to the province — do not privatize our health-care system.

They are worried the province's hiring of the consulting firm Ernst & Young, proponents of public-private partnerships, is the first step towards privatization.

'I believe that health care is under attack in this province and in this country. And Canadians have to stand up,' Janet Hazleton, president of the Nova Scotia Nurses' Union, said during a news conference Friday¬Ö"

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Posted: October 06, 2011

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