Mr. Silver: I have a question for the minister responsible for WCB. The issue of supporting first responders who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder has been raised a few times in this Legislature. I asked last fall if the government would consider changing legislation to make it easier for first responders to make a claim for PTSD. In subsequent discussions that I have had with first responders and with others, it has been suggested that a higher priority to focus on is access to health professionals to ensure a timely diagnosis. Our legislation might be just fine the way it is.
The main problem is that we do not have access to psychologists and psychiatrists to diagnosis PTSD quickly. We have heard of cases, for example, of individuals waiting for months, or even over a year, for a proper diagnosis.
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