On 6 February the Scottish Executive published Developing Services for People with M.E., which recommended that NHS Boards work in partnership with the voluntary sector and develop strategic plans suitable for their local area.
Health Minister Jacqui Smith chose M.E. Awareness Day to announce that £8.5 million would be made available in England to develop new multi-disciplinary NHS centres for people with M.E.
The Medical Research Council (MRC) issued a ‘highlight notice’ which flagged up CFS/M.E. as a priority area for research.
Action for M.E. received over 2,000 signatures and 4,000 signed decorated postcards, supporting our 1% Campaign. At that time it was estimated that M.E. was costing the country £3.5 billion. The campaign asked the Government to spend just 1% of that figure, £35 million, on research into M.E.
In Scotland, Action for M.E. thanked Helen McDade for all her work and wished her well in her new job when she resigned as officer to the Cross Party Group.