Information sessions on privatization of extramural nursing, Tele-Care

New Brunswick's decision to privatize extramural nursing and Tele-Care through Medavie will be the subject of several upcoming community information sessions.

The nine meetings are being organized by the province and will include representatives from Medavie, as well as health-care professionals.

Medavie already operates the province's ambulance services — Ambulance New Brunswick — and the province says the co-ordinated approach will give residents greater continuity of care.

Health Minister Benoît Bourque says more communication and information sharing will ensure the right care, at the right time and place, by the right provider.

Several groups have been outspoken against the move, including the Vitalité Health Network, which says it can do a better job managing the program than a private enterprise.

Katherine d'Entremont, the province's official languages commissioner, has also expressed concern given that Ambulance NB continues to have "considerable difficulty" in delivering bilingual services.

The information sessions will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the following communities: 

  • Saint John - Monday, Oct. 16 (Delta Brunswick, 39 King St.)
  • Moncton - Tuesday, Oct. 17 (Delta Beauséjour, 75 Main St.)
  • Shippagan - Monday, Oct. 23 (Club d’Âge d’Or de Shippagan, 150 DeGrâce St.)
  • Perth-Andover - Wednesday, Oct. 25 (Perth Elks Lodge, 549 East Riverside Dr.)
  • Fredericton - Thursday, Oct. 26 (Fredericton Convention Centre, 670 Queen St.)
  • Campbellton - Monday, Oct. 30 (Memorial Civic Center, Convention Center, second floor, 44 Salmon Blvd.)
  • St. Stephen - Wednesday, Nov. 1 (Garcelon Civic Centre, 22 Budd Ave.)
  • Edmundston - Monday, Nov. 6 (Centre de congrès, 74 Canada Rd.)
  • Miramichi - Tuesday, Nov. 7 (Exhibition Centre, 24 Church St.)