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Nova Scotia health department contracting out AV and print services

Questions about public benefits of arrangement remain unanswered.

HALIFAX, NS, June 8, 2012: Capital Health managers in Nova Scotia dropped a bombshell recently when they abruptly announced plans to contract out its audio-visual (AV) and print services department in September. Twenty-one jobs will be lost if they are privatized, reports the Nova Scotia Government & General Employees Union (NSGEU/NUPGE).

Hospital management have not disclosed any more information about the idea, nor have they answered many of the questions and concerns that are already emerging:

•Who will arrange, staff, and troubleshoot the hundreds of tele-health events Capital Health hosts every year?

•Who will ensure the accuracy and relevance of the 4,000+ of medical forms, prescriptions and patient guides that are the fundamental to health care across the province?

•Who will print the 15 million copies of forms, prescriptions and patient guides and ensure they are delivered properly and on time?

•How this disruptive and potentially dangerous move would save money?

The NSGEU/NUPGE is calling on the province's medical workers, patients and taxpayers to demand answers to these questions. It is clear that fundamental misunderstandings exist within Capital Health's leadership about the work being targeted for privatization.

The union is hoping to stop the scheme to privatize health services by mounting a public campaign against the changes. The general public can support the campaign by writing to Health Minister David Wilson (health.minister@gov.ns.ca), Capital Health CEO Chris Power (chris.power@cdha.nshealth.ca) and Capital Health VP Amanda Whitewood (amanda.whitewood@cdha.nshealth.ca) to voice opposition to the proposed privatization.

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  NSGEU launches campaign to fight privatization at Capital Health: Capital Health contracts out AV and print services in September 2012.

Posted: June 14, 2012

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