4 November 2011
A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
Osborne considers freezing benefits to save billions
Chancellor George Osborne is considering cutting billions of pounds from the 2012 welfare bill by reneging on the Government's pledge to raise benefits in line with inflation. But the move has provoked a rift with the Liberal Democrats, who say society’s most vulnerable people should not bear the brunt of efforts to reduce the deficit.
Raising money and awareness of M.E.
Caroline Fiennes, who has M.E. and regularly holds affordable art shows in the village of Bishops Caundle, held a festive fair on 3 November to raise money for Action for M.E. "M.E. is an incredibly debilitating illness," says Caroline. "There is still a great deal to be done in terms of research into how it affects people and, as a sufferer myself, I wanted to do something which would both raise money and awareness."
Western Gazette, p 4
GPs asked to urge patients back to work
In new set guidance issued for GPs, currently under review by the General Medical Council, doctors are urged to encourage patients with long-term illnesses to go back to work. Glasgow GP Dr Margaret McCartney commented: 'In general, work is good for people. However, it isn’t good, or possible, for all people all the time.”
Daily Mail, online
Research funding for M.E.
ME Research UK invites applications for its research funding programme for studies that investigate the biology of M.E.
Research Fortnight, p 9
When will time, effort and money be spent on M.E.?
In a letter to the editor, John Simpson hails the opening of the McMillan Renton Unit for treating
cancer as an invaluable asset to Herefordshire, but wonders when similar time, effort and money will spent on treating neurological illnesses such as M.E.
Hereford Journal, p 4
Self-management courses for M.E.
West Sussex-based charity reMEmber is running a six-week self management course for people with M.E. starting Friday 11 November at Dove Lodge, Beach Road, Littlehampton. Patients aged 14 and above and their carers are welcome to attend.
West Sussex Gazette, p 2
Reasonable adjustments for an employee with CFS
Reasonable adjustments as laid out in the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA) can be defined as such only if they prevent "the provision, criterion or practice that places the disabled person at a substantial disadvantage." The proposed adjustment of a career break for an employee diagnosed with CFS who then went on long-term sick leave did not constitute a reasonable adjustment under the DDA definition.
Occupational Health, p 9
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