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OTTAWA – The Health Action Lobby (HEAL) is very concerned by the federal government’s recent decision to withdraw funding for the Health Council of Canada.  “This decision is a signal to Canadians that the future of health and health care is not a priority.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Public opinion polls consistently rank the future of health care in Canada as one of the most important public policy priorities,” said Mr. Glenn Brimacombe, HEAL Co-Chair.  “What message is the federal government sending to Canadians about its commitment and role when it comes to health?”

“The federal government’s leadership role when it comes to health is twofold – leading by example in its areas of authority and facilitating collaboration among the provinces and territories”, said Dr. Karen Cohen HEAL Co-Chair.  “HEAL has long supported the key role of the federal government when it comes to the health of Canadians.  Dismantling the Health Council of Canada does not enhance pan-Canadian collaboration.”

 

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