March 24, 2017
Mr. Len Webber (Calgary Confederation, CPC):
Mr. Speaker, the public consultations on a new federal framework for Lyme disease have just closed. For too long, the hundreds and possibly thousands of Canadians with Lyme disease have been largely ignored by our health care system.
We have weak surveillance programs, and outdated and incomplete statistics.
Our medical professionals do not have the critical training they need, and many cases go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.
Infected Canadians are not getting the supports they need and are suffering both in terms of their health and financially.
There are high hopes that a new framework will improve the situation. However, many think that this is just more talk.
If we are going to make progress against this disease, we need to do more than just write a report, we need to take action.