Lyme Disease in deployed military personnel [Canadian]: a ‘tick-ing’ time bomb
Ottawa: The Hill Times
CanLyme: This is a very important article. You can sign up for a one day free trial to read the full text, it is worth the small amount of effort and is an astonishing read. Read full article here. Cut and paste the text and send it far and wide to federal and provincial politicians with a link to The Hill Times so that they have access to the source.
( Michel W. Drapeau and Joshua Juneau are both litigators. They are also acting as legal counsel for retired officer-cadet Leaf Tremback. The Canadian Forces has denied any wrongdoing in relation to the medical care provided to former officer cadet Leaf Tremback.)
Some article quotes…”Consider the case of retired officer cadet Leaf Tremback who first enrolled in 2005 and while undergoing basic officer’s qualification training at the training centre in rural Farnham, Que., contracted Lyme disease in 2008. Remarkably, Tremback, had to go outside the military medical system to finally receive proper medical treatment. More remarkable, perhaps, is that when Tremback sought independent medical advice, he was threatened by the military with disciplinary action”
Read more… “In a shocking twist, upon becoming advised that Tremback received a second diagnosis for Lyme disease, his CAF physician, like a broken record, denied this diagnosis. Tremback’s CAF consulting physician even accused him of malingering: fabricating or exaggerating the symptoms of his condition for a variety of ‘secondary gain’ motives.”
Yet more disturbing behaviour…“When this third positive diagnosis for Lyme disease was made known to the CAF medical system, Tremback was threatened with disciplinary action for seeking civilian medical advice, and allegedly told that there was nothing wrong with him.”
More amazingly, perhaps, is that this threat of disciplinary action is real. Consider that, pursuant to Sec. 34.07 of the Queen’s Regulations and Orders, a member of the CAF can only seek civilian medical care if it is authorized by his Commanding Officer. Pursuant to the National Defence Act R.S.C. 1985, c. N-5, s.129—Conduct to the Prejudice of Good Order and Discipline—a member of the CAF who does not follow these rules, then may be liable for punishment, including dismissal with disgrace from service.”