6 April 2011
A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
NHS reform subject to two-month review
David Cameron and Nick Clegg will launch a two-month review of Andrew Lansley’s NHS reform plans today, which may lead to new controls on the involvement of the private sector. It could also mean that key elements of the reform will be delayed.
Financial Times, online
Incapacity benefit reassessment begins
Letters are being sent to 1.6 million people on incapacity benefit, asking them to submit reassessment. The move has been criticised by disability groups, including Scope, whose chief executive Richard Hawkes says the medical test just doesn’t take into account fluctuating conditions such as M.E.
Classic FM, online
Coventry Telegraph, online
Nuneaton Telegraph, p 4
Tired all the time
If you are feeling tired all the time, it could be for any number of reasons including stress, sleep apnoea, anaemia, underactive thyroid, undiagnosed diabetes and CFS/M.E.
Woman’s Own, p 34-35
The Moray M.E. Support Group meets on the second Tuesday of every month and welcomes new members. For more information, call Anita on 01343 842289.
Aberdeeen Press & Journal, p 6
Pantomime actress returns
Former Blackpool pantomime star Nikki Leonard has been absent from the stage for eight years with M.E. She returns to the resort to star in a concert at the Layton Institute.
Blackpool Gazette, p 35
Shortage of medication
According to the Isle of Man Pharmacy Contractors’ Association, medication supply problems are adversely affecting patients with M.E. Pharmacist Ian Hemensley says that drug companies are now restricting which wholesalers can supply their products, and also the weak pound versus the euro means more drugs are being exported to the continent.
Isle of Man Examiner, p 5
Geoff Nicholson was bed bound for 12 months and house bound for four years following viral meningitis and CFS. He has now qualified as a life coach, and helps clients with stress management.
North East Times Magazine, p 28
Support in Worcestershire
Worcestershire M.E. Support Group holds six meetings each month in Bromsgrove, Droitwich, Kidderminster, Malvern, Pershore and Worcester. For more information, call 01886 888419.
Evesham & Cotswold Observer, p 8
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