HOPEFUL news about Lyme disease in Canada!
Today MPP Randy Hillier (Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston) addressed the Honourable Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott on behalf of his constituent Jennifer Wheeler and her son Nicholas.
Watch and Listen to MPP Hillier’s question and Honourable Minister Elliot’s response here:
Nicholas is suffering from Lyme disease and his mom, Jennifer Wheeler and her husband Josh were reported to Children’s Aid by a doctor from CHEO after she was forced to seek treatment for her son outside of Canada and there was a disagreement with the course of treatment.
The treatment the Wheeler's chose was what helped their son to improve his quality of life, and helped him to regain his health. Their doctor in Ontario who wanted to help was also inappropriately reported to the College of Physicians and Surgeons. Both reports to CAS and the College were unfounded, and now Jennifer is working with CHEO, MPP Randy Hillier, LymeHope, MD's, RN's, Lyme advocates, and now the Honourable Minister of Health of Ontario Christine Elliott to put into place a pilot program aimed to improve diagnostics and treatment for those who face Lyme Disease.
MPP Hillier stated: “Ontario’s health system often treats people with Lyme in a reprehensible and atrocious manner..”.
He asked Minister Elliott if she would meet Jennifer (and her team of professionals) “to discuss a pilot project to reform these outdated attitudes and harmful practices and help people who are suffering with Lyme disease”.
Some politicians are willing to listen and will take action! Please consider thanking MP Hillier for raising such a critical issue and asking / encouraging your MPP to support this.
Are you a Canadian outside of Ontario? Do the same in your own Province. Google “how to find [my Province] MPP/MLA email”. Share MPP Hillier’s video and ask your representative if they would consider asking your Provincial Health Minister the same question.
Sue Faber, Jennifer Kravis, Tamara House
I am writing to let you know many of your constituents are also suffering from Lyme disease and are unable to access any care or treatment in Ontario due to outdated and insufficient guidelines. This is an urgent non-partisan health crisis affecting many Ontarians, adults, children and babies alike. It is also causing huge waste in our health system and putting all of us at risk.
Please join MPP Randy Hillier in calling for and supporting a pilot project led by the Honourable Christine Elliott, Minister of Health, which must involve patients and their experts, whose voices continue to be ignored in favour of the abysmal status quo. It’s time for real change.
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