ACTION Ontario went to Queen’s Park on May 28th to help educate MPP’s from all three parties on chronic pain. Since beginning its advocacy campaign around the need for a comprehensive pain strategy for Ontario and ensuring that legitimate pain patients are not inadvertently caught in attempts to address the inappropriate use of prescription narcotics, ACTION Ontario has successfully been able to educate MPPs on the issues impacting Ontarians living with chronic pain. In a minority government, it is often difficult to ensure that these issues are addressed so ACTION Ontario has formed a pain caucus with all three parties. This pain caucus will work with ACTION Ontario and other stakeholders to ensure that Ontario develops and implements a Chronic Pain Strategy. The caucus will work in conjunction with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to ensure that the government’s health priorities include chronic pain.
ACTION Ontario was pleased to see numerous MPP’s from all parties at the breakfast and were excited that Minister Matthews attended and spent time speaking with patients, board members and stakeholders, getting a firsthand look at what patients who have chronic pain endure. Frances Gelinas and Bill Walker, health critics for the NDP and PC parties also spoke about chronic pain and what needs to be done to ensure that the pain caucus is successful but also how ACTION Ontario is at the forefront of moving the dialogue on chronic pain ahead and consistently advocating for its members.