Monday, December 27, 2010

In centre of 'liberation' storm - Winnipeg Free Press

Heavily censored papers show Oswald well-briefed on contentious issue 

By: Kim Lawson and Tammy Karachuk

At the height of last summer's national debate over the multiple sclerosis "liberation therapy," Manitoba Health Minister Theresa Oswald was being briefed weekly, suggesting the controversial treatment was top-of-mind for the minister.
But the province won't reveal details of the internal debate that prompted Oswald to hold off on clinical trials in Manitoba.

More than half the information in the briefing notes is censored -- in some instances, up to 90 per cent on each page. Still shrouded in secrecy is the government's internal analysis of the issue, including recommendations and cautions from Manitoba's senior health experts.
In an interview, Oswald said she heard from vascular surgeons, doctors from the MS Clinic in Winnipeg, researchers and her own staff, many of more

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