A health accord campaign, organized by the Canadian Union of Public Employees on P.E.I., will kick off next week.

The campaign will help educate Islanders on what will happen when the 2004 federal-provincial health accord expires in March, said Lori MacKay, president of CUPE P.E.I.

The federal government is cutting $144 million from Island health care over the next 10 years, MacKay said.

"Federal dollars, transfer dollars into the health care system is extraordinarily important in order to maintain the benefits that we have," said MacKay.

"And all Islanders deserve a health care system that is sustainable and we feel that we need to lobby the federal government to make sure they sustain that."

A town hall meeting is slated for Sept. 16 in Summerside.