Today, June 17, 2013, is the 2nd Annual Day of Action for refugee health care!
Canadians, rights activists, doctors and other health care workers assemble in cities across the country to protest the federal government’s 2012 draconian cuts to essential health services for refugees.
On June 30, 2012, the federal government made drastic cuts to health care services for refugees.
Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care explains the impact of the inhumane cuts:
For example, many refugees living in Canada will no longer qualify for coverage for necessary medication such as insulin. Some refugee claimants will also be denied access to physicians unless their condition is deemed a threat to public health or safety. Among other health care services to be cut for some or all refugees are: prenatal care for pregnant women, child care and access to mental health care.
In response to the cuts, Canadian doctors and other health care workers, many of whom treat refugees on a daily basis, organized press conferences, demonstrations and public events to protest the changes.
Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care believes that:
- Canada’s approach to medically treating refugees should be guided by fairness and sound public health policy; the federal government’s changes meet neither criteria.
- Cutting preventive and primary health care is poor health policy that threatens public safety and increases costs to taxpayers.
- The government’s cuts to health services to refugees residing in this country – some of whom will have just escaped war, violence or famine – is unjustified and counter to Canada’s long history of compassion and openness.
From Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care, the call to action:
Join us for a National Day of Action on June 17th, 2013!
Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care is organizing a second National Day of Action on June 17th to take the facts directly to the streets and tell Canadians the consequences of the federal government’s cuts to refugee health care.
Despite widespread opposition from a broad group of health care workers across Canada, the federal government has implemented cuts to health insurance for refugees. As predicted, many are suffering as a result. There have been well documented cases of people being denied care including pregnant women and sick children. Health care workers join others in continuing to speak out for those who do not have the opportunity to do so.
Join us on June 17th for the second National Day of Action. It is an opportunity to show the Federal Government that Canadians will stand up for the most vulnerable among us.
Visit http://www.doctorsforrefugeecare.ca/day-of-action-june-17-2013.html for updates and more details.
From an earlier posting (updated), the list of participating cities and event info:
- Victoria - 4pm; South East corner of Douglas Street and Fort Street – contact: Victoria4refugeehc@gmail.com
- Vancouver - Noon; in front of the regional Citizenship and Immigration office, 1148 Hornby Street – contact:
- Calgary - 10am; press conference in the Eau Claire Market Community Space - contact: email@example.com
- Edmonton - Noon; in front of the Alberta Legislature – contacts: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
- Saskatoon - Noon; gathering at the bandshell in Kiwanis Park, then marching across the University Bridge to the Royal
- University Hospital – contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Winnipeg – Noon; public press conference in Central Park, near the fountain – contact: email@example.com
- Thunder Bay - Event held June 14- Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sudbury - Noon; meeting in front of City Hall - Contact: email@example.com
- Windsor - Local Media Interviews
- Kitchener - Noon; in front of Kitchener City Hall – 200 King Street West – contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hamilton - 1:00 pm; in front of the regional Citizenship and Immigration office, 55 Bay Street North – contact:
- Toronto - Noon; in front of the Canadian Citizenship and Immigration office, 25 St. Clair Avenue East – contact:email@example.com
- Kingston - Noon; meet beside the water fountain at the corner of King Street and Market Street in Springer Market Square – contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ottawa - Noon; on Parliament Hill – contact: email@example.com
- Montreal - Noon; at Complex Guy-Favreau – contact: Helen Hsu at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Halifax - 12:30 pm. at the Grand Parade - contact: email@example.com
- St. John’s - 11 am; Press conference at the Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association building - contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo credit: Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care
The Canadian Progressive recommends:
- Canadian doctors demand restoration of refugee health services
- Lawyers, doctors take Harper government to court over refugee health-care cuts
- In Canada, more vulnerable refugees being denied access to health care