Senator calls for Lyme disease inquiry

NSW Senator John Madigan has called for a Senate Inquiry into Lyme-like disease in Australia.

�I have listened to the treating doctors, government officials, expert pathologists and advocacy groups and I want to help unravel this travesty,� he said.

�Government attention needs to focus on the issues that can and should be addressed.�

Senator Madigan said Lyme sceptics had taken the attention off helping patients by influencing the standards of evidence required to demonstrate the disease existed.

Senator Madigan said there had been 31,000 signatures on a petition asking the Government to take action to help Lyme-like patients.

Lyme Disease Association of Australia president Sharon Whiteman welcomed Senator Madigan�s proposal.

�People need a patient-focussed action plan to fight Lyme disease,� she said.