News today posted on Lyme Disease Action Website here
Dr Sue O'Connell previous head of the LBU at Southampton retired on Friday March 30th
I wish her a very long retirement long enough to watch the science changing regarding Lyme Disease and other tick borne illnesses and long enough for her to reflect how many patients could have been helped had science been allowed to speak above people's opinions.
My GP said Dr O'Connell told her to stop giving me antibiotics, other patients have told me the same. Thankfully in my case my GP could see my improvements and continued to treat me as I continued to recover - many other patients tell me that their doctors refused further treatment because of her advice, if that is the case I am sure a cry of delight will be sounding from many in the UK Lyme community at the news of her Retirement.
LDA go on to say the Head of Emerging Infections and Zoonoses in the Department of Health who has been responsible for Minister' responses on Lyme disease over the last two governments also retires.
Another piece of delightful news lets hope the successor can pen a more intelligent reply than those I have received since 2007. As a Retired Civil Servant with experience of similar such correspondence from within the DWP I would not have accepted such poor correspondence.
This is also good news to Lyme patients elsewhere in the World as this is one less member of what is commonly referred to as the Lyme Cabal.
There is a little tune keeps popping into my head something from the Wizard of Oz - I am sure those familiar with the problems Lyme patients have had over the years will guess the tune I refer to.
Good to hear the testing is being moved from Southampton to Porton and with new testing being introduced lets hope this will help to improve testing and benefit the patients.
Another tune that comes to mind is 'Times they are a changing' - it seems there are stirrings from many of the major countries recently Germany, France, can't wait to hear the outcome from a recent meeting in Canada and of course it started this year with the US - Persistence study in non human primates here
and now recently Australia
Do go to Lyme Disease Action to read their report here on all change.