Sunday, December 4, 2022

Five Questions for the Minister of Health

 Dr. Christopher Leighton, MD, FRCPC, wrote the following letter to the Minister of Health, and encourages other to do likewise in order to "document the gross negligence of our government. If they will not act, we should be doing more: Protesting, petitioning our local MPPs. Eventually there will be an Ontario Inquiry or Investigation." It's just five questions:

RE: The Failure of the Ontario Government to Respond to this Unprecedented Health Care Crisis

  1. Why does this government fail to acknowledge the most serious healthcare crisis facing Ontario hospitals in 70 years?
  2. Why hasn't this government formed an Emergency Response Team to formulate and implement immediate solutions to improve access to emergency service, pediatric critical care, cancer treatment and urgent surgical care (adult and paediatric)? 
  3. Why has this government failed to adopt ANY public health measures that will reduce the spread of COVID19 and influenza especially? 
  4. Why has this government removed the reporting of COVID19 infections by schools (contrary to the HPPA & the Education Act) when absentee rates are >= 30% in a number of schools & districts across the province? [PHO as of Nov. 21, 2022]: "Only 40% of children ages 5-11 have had a primary series (2 doses). Only 5% of children ages 6 months to 4 years have had a single dose of a mRNA vaccine." These numbers have barely changed over several months meanwhile, children are presenting to hospitals across Ontario "requiring critical care and [mechanical] ventilation." 
  5. Has the Premier, yourself, or the Chief Medical Officer of Health, directed in writing or verbally, or otherwise discouraged Medical Officers of Health from using their independent authority with the Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA) to make Section 22 Orders..." " require masking in schools for example?" "I personally cannot understand why preserving the health & welfare of all Ontarians is no longer a priority for this government. Shouldn't this be the ethical duty of every elected provincial and territorial government in Canada?" "Is it that this government values the lives of those who are predominantly dying from COVID19 differently from the rest of the population i.e. the elderly and persons with disabilities? This inaction leaves one with so many uncomfortable questions." 
 "These comments are my own"

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