4 October 2011
A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
National day of action against Atos
Friday 30 September was the national day of action against Atos, the private company contracted by the Governement to carry out Work Capability Assessments. Reported actions took place in Glasgow, Oxford, Birmingham, Brighton and Nottingham, where two people were arrested after the protest entered the Atos offices. Police were unable to find adapted transport for the wheelchair user they arrested, and had to process him on the street. In London activists targetted the British Medical Journal trade fair at Islington Design Centre where ATOS were seeking to recruit staff.
DLA reform threatens livelihoods
The Government’s proposed reforms of disability benefits are inappropriate and potentially threatening to people’s livelihoods, says Ruth Patrick. “Papworth Trust surveyed over 2,000 disabled people to explore the possible consequences of the DLA reforms,” she comments. “Worryingly, some 86% of respondents said they would have to cut back on essentials such as food or being able to get out and about if their DLA payments were stopped or reduced.”
Disability Now, online
Incoporating natural remedies, acupuncture and herbs, Chinese medicine is a holistic healing system reputed to be 3,000 years old. A wide range of medical conditions can be helped with Chinese medicine, including thyroid problems, cystitis and M.E.
Beverley Advertiser, p 35
Rugby dream for Charles
Charles Taylor, 13, was diagnosed with M.E. last December but is determined that it will not prevent him from pursuing his dream as a professional rugby player. He has now secured a place at a top training school.
Driffield Times & Post, p 11
Physical causes of exhaustion
Less than 10 per cent of people who suffer constant exhaustion can put it down to physical causes such as M.E./CFS, underactive thyroid, poor diet, being under/overweight, anaemia or diabetes. If you think you have an underlying illness, you should see your GP straight away.
No.1 Magazine, p 60-61
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