ON Health Minister to Meet Lyme Mom & her Experts!
Apr 10, 2019 —
Need some 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. Nicholas is suffering from Lyme disease and his mom, Jennifer Wheeler and her husband Josh were reported to Children’s Aid (CAS) by a doctor from CHEO (Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario) 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.
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..”.
Listen to MPP Hillier’s question and Honourable Minister Elliot’s response here:
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.
1. Thank MP Randy Hillier by liking his video and leaving a message of support on his facebook page, on twitter or emailing him directly at RHillier@ola.org
2. Look up your Ontario MPP’s email here: https://www.ola.org/en/get-involved/contact-mpp
3. Send an email to your MPP (and copy to Honourable Christine Elliott, Ontario Health Minister (firstname.lastname@example.org)) asking your MPP to support this patient-centred pilot reform project to enable access to treatment in Ontario.
4. Share this petition http://bit.ly/2lfBuNL and sign if you haven’t already (consider leaving a comment because they are powerful!
Use the template on https://www.lymehope.ca/news-and-updates/on-health-minister-christine-elliot-to-meet-lyme-mom-her-experts (or click news and updates link below) - copy and paste the sample letter into your email browser – customize it or create your own with your own personal story.
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
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