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Goal is to raise consumer awareness about Campbell’s .corporate backers and health privatization scheme

The BC Health Coalition launched its Health care NOT Wealth care campaign recently with a well-timed consumer awareness exercise that links the privatization of health care to some of the key players on the Campbell government’s health authority teams.

The six health authorities that Gordon Campbell formed to carry out the government’s health care policies are completely dominated by business types. For example, Wynne Powell, the president of London Drugs, is also the chairperson of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA).

The PHSA is getting ready to contract out housekeeping and food services at Children’s and Women’s Hospital and the Vancouver site of the B.C. Cancer Agency. They issued the first tender, a Request for Qualifications, to private corporations this week. If this privatization move isn’t stopped, more than 400 health workers - who have been earning fair, family-supporting wages that they as HEU members have fought long and hard to win - will be out of work.

The BCHC’s Health care NOT Wealth care campaign makes the links between who’s running the companies we shop in, who’s on the health authority boards pushing the privatization of B.C. health care system. It also provides helpful suggestions on how we can use our purchasing power to influence decision makers like Wynne Powell to stop contracting out important, unionized health services work.

That’s why the BCHC campaign has chosen to leaflet in front of selected London Drugs stores across the province in the weeks and months to come. An electronic copy of the leaflet is available at www.heu.org.

On Sun. Jan. 12, the BCHC is organizing volunteers to leaflet London Drugs locations in Prince George, Nanaimo and Victoria. If you are interested in helping out, or would like to do something at a London Drugs near you, contact BC Health Coalition coordinator Terrie Hendrickson by e-mail: bchc@vcn.bc.ca, or phone: 604-681-7945 in Vancouver.

Check out the BCHC web site for Wealth care NOT Health care updates and more scheduled dates at www.bchealthcoalition.ca