Newmarket-Aurora MPP Frank Klees tabled a petition in the legislature today that calls for a province-wide action plan for lung health in support of the more than 850,000 Ontarians living with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease).
The initiative was triggered when Southlake Regional Health Centre cancelled its respiratory rehabilitation program – the only such program available to residents in York Region.
“York Region residents suffering from COPD have been devastated by the news that the Southlake respiratory rehab program has been cancelled,” said Klees. “While an attempt is being made to accommodate some patients through a patchwork of other programs, it is unacceptable that York Region COPD patients no longer have access to a dedicated respiratory rehabilitation program.”
Klees is hopeful that the Minister of Health will support the call for a dedicated respiratory rehabilitation program for York Region and make the necessary resources available for its implementation.
“The petition that was tabled today could not be more clear,” said Klees. “What is needed is a province-wide action plan for lung health to improve prevention, early diagnosis and patient outcomes.”
Minister’s response to the above petition
Letter from The Hon Deb Matthews Feb 26 2014
Sept 18 2013 Behind the Scenes in Our Health Care System
Respiratory Clinic Closure Tough on Patients By Julie Le YRMG Oct 17, 2013