After much negative media attention in 2008 relative to the poor quality of health care relating to Lyme disease in BC, the provincial Minister of Health and Deputy Minister of Health had to act. Also, that year questions posed by the opposition critic David Cubberley to the Minister of Health proved to be difficult for the Minister to respond to. It was decided they needed to commission a report on the state of Lyme disease in the province. A senior executive of the Public Health Services Agency of BC, Dr. Brain Schmidt, was given the task of producing a report.
It was only after an individual’s Freedom of Information search that the report became known to the public in 2010. The report verified everything the patients had been saying for 2.5 decades.