October 2, 2012
This week we are broadcasting a piece from Health Justice Radio Collective, our collaborator from Hamilton, about the budget cuts to the Interim Federal Health Program that provides access to refugees in Canada. "On May 11th over 90 doctors occupied Member of Parliament Joe Oliveri’s office, demanding the cuts be reversed. In June, rallies took place in 14 cities across the country. Frustrated by being seemingly ignored by the federal government, and having exhausted other means of communicating with Members of Parliament, physicians began disrupting news conferences. In response to this unprecedented mobilization of the health sector, the federal government quietly backtracked on some of the cuts. Refugee claimants no longer have access to medications, despite the fact that they often arrive in Canada with little more than the clothes on their back. For instance, a diabetic refugee claimant arriving in Canada with little or no resources will not have access to life-saving insulin he or she may need. Furthermore, refugee claimants from countries deemed “safe” — those countries which the government believes are unlikely to produce refugees — will have no preventative care and no access to meds unless it is deemed a threat to public safety." - Reported by Health and Justice Radio Collective.
To better understand the issue, our collaborator also interviewed Dr. Samir Shaheen-Hussein, an activist and pediatrician about whether the cuts could have been predicted, their ideological underpinning, this summer’s mobilizations, and the “We Refuse to Cooperate” campaign in Hamilton on September 29, 2012.
You can download the October 2, 2012 episode or stream it in the player below:
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