In this week’s eBulletin:
“When the government cuts the diet allowance, I will lose $67 a month that still enables me to buy healthy food and vitamins to treat my health conditions. This is preventative medicine, which also gives me a sense of peace.
Some may argue that because of the deficit programs must be cut, but this burden should not be placed the backs of the poor.
I plead with Premier McGuinty […]: You have the power to prevent more suffering and sickness for some of the most vulnerable people in our province.”
Who said it? Melissa Addison-Webster, in an Op Ed published on Saturday, August 7 in the Toronto Star.
NOTE: please send this eBulletin throughout your email networks and to your friends and family. This issue needs all of our support.
Last spring, the government made a commitment that the new Nutritional Supplement Program would be developed in consultation with stakeholders and medical experts – to “to make sure we get this right”, as Premier McGuinty said in the Legislature on March 29. Yet, despite this promise, to date there has been no consultation.
Worse yet, there are indications that the Ministry of Health has already created the new program, and will be announcing it sometime in the next few weeks. While we don’t know what the new program looks like, we are increasingly skeptical that it will measure up to the Five Principles set out for the program by 25 in 5, the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario, and the ODSP Action Coalition.
That’s where you come in.
We’re asking you to urge the government to meet its commitment to consult on this important program, which supports the therapeutic dietary needs of more than 130,000 Ontarians.
As soon as you can, please contact Premier McGuinty (email@example.com) and say:
- Your government made a commitment to consult on the new Nutritional Supplement Program.
- I’m asking you to make sure the Ministry of Health fulfills that commitment by consulting with key stakeholders, including experts from the health and social sectors and people with lived experience, before the new program is approved and rolled out.
- I believe the new Nutritional Supplement Program should be based on the Five Principles created by the ODSP Action Coalition, the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario, and the 25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction.
Please copy your email to:
- Minister Deb Matthews (firstname.lastname@example.org),
- her Policy Advisor Tatum Wilson (email@example.com),
- Premier McGuinty’s chief of staff, Chris Morley (firstname.lastname@example.org),
- as well as us (email@example.com).
You can show your support for the Five Principles by endorsing them online. Go to:
Thank you for taking action right away on this important issue.
25 in 5: Network for Poverty Reduction (www.25in5.ca)
ODSP Action Coalition (www.odspaction.ca)
Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) (www.rnao.org)
The 25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction, the ODSP Action Coalition and the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario have been pushing the government at every opportunity on the Special Diet Allowance and the new Nutritional Supplement Program.
Read our letter to the Honourable Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, sent on May 25, along with Five Principles for a New Nutritional Supplement Program (see links below). To date, we have had no written response from Minister Matthews.
Letter to Minister Matthews: http://25in5.ca/letter-to-the-honourable-deb-matthews-mpp/
Five Principles for a New Nutritional Supplement: http://25in5.ca/five-principles-for-a-new-nutritional-supplement-program/