Tomorrow marks the first anniversary of the expiry of the ten-year Canada Health Accord signed in 2004.
Council of Canadians health care campaigner Michael Butler writes, "The federal government continues to ignore calls by the provinces and territories to work on a new deal, and shockingly announced devastating health care cuts with the bulk of the cuts (over $36 billion) coming into effect after the next federal election in 2015. ...In the year since the Health Accord expired, the Conservatives have already reduced funding by $987 million. ...That's equivalent to 2,500 hospital beds, or 15,000 nursing staff. ...[This] will create a pretext for mass privatization. Make no mistake; this is the Harper government’s plan."