2 September 2011
A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
Atos accuses carers website of libel
Atos Healthcare, the French company contracted by the UK government to conduct assessments on those with disabilities, has accused a website of libellous comments. CarerWatch Forum, a campaign group website for carers, was temporarily shut down as a result. John McCardle, founder of the Black Triangle anti-defamation campaign for disability rights, says: “The very idea that a person’s disability can be measured by a computer assessment programme is frankly insulting to one’s intelligence. The fact that a patient can mobilise themselves from A to B does not make them fit for work.”
Al Jazeera, The Stream, 7.30pm
Scottish hub for M.E. patients and carers
Action for M.E. has launched an online resource for the 20,000 people with the illness living in Scotland and their carers. The Scottish hub for M.E. can be found at www.actionforme.org.uk/scotland.
Paisley Daily Express, p 3
Sussex M.E. Society meeting
M.E. researcher Dr Esther Crawley will be the main speaker at a meeting organised by Sussex M.E. Society at Hove Town Hall, Friday 9 September. She will be joined by the manager of the specialist NHS service which has dealt with more than 2,500 referrals since it was set up in 2005. For more details, call 01273 674828.
Brighton Argus, p 7
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