A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
Disabled people will be hardest hit
This week's survey results from disability charity the Papworth Trust shows that disabled people will be the hardest hit by Government cuts. The target of cutting Disability Living Allowance (DLA) by 20% was perceived as too arbitrary, especially as the Department for Work and Pensions' own figures show that only 0.5% of DLA claims are fraudulent.
Fibromyalgia and its symptoms
Elderly patients presenting with multiple pains, disturbed sleep, fatigue, poor memory and cognitive problems may have fibromyalgia, says Dr Simon Hayhoe, Pain Management Department, Colchester University Hospital. The emerging theory is that fibromyalgia is part of a spectrum of disorders that includes CFS, irritable bowel syndrome and post-traumatic stress disorder.
GM (Geriatric Medicine), p 408-411
Opposition to NHS reform bill
More than 1,000 amendments have been made to the NHS reform bill since the Government’s listening exercise but it still faces the prospect of a Liberal Democrat revolt. Opposition to the Health and Social Care Bill in the Lords will be led by Baroness Williams, who said there was legal doubt over whether it would require the Health Secretary to deliver a "comprehensive health service for the people of England, free at the point of need".
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