16 March 2011
A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
Scrap radical NHS reforms now, say doctors
GPs and consultants overwhelmingly called for the wide-ranging NHS reform bill to be withdrawn at yesterday’s emergency meeting of the British Medical Association. They want the more radical elements of the bill to be looked at again.
BBC News, online
Daily Mail, p 18 and online
GPs could double their salary
Kieran Walshe, Professor of Health Policy and Management at Manchester Business School and a Health Select committee adviser, has found that GPs could more than double their average pay of £105,000 to £300,000 a year as a direct result of the planned NHS reforms.
Guardian, p 1 and online
Physical, emotional and spiritual needs
Hannah Clifton, who became ill with M.E. more than 15 years ago, looks back at her treatment at Burrswood Christian Hospital, where she said that a comprehensive team looked after her physical, emotional and spiritual needs. Hannah has now recovered and is raising funds to pay for a free, dedicated M.E. bed at the hospital through her charity, the M.E. Trust.
Woman Alive, p 20-21
£5 million spent
In a letter to the editor, Derek Peters of Northern Ireland Campaign for M.E./CFS Healthcare expresses concern that £5 million has been spent on investigating M.E. by psychologists and psychiatrists.
Belfast Telegraph Morning, p 30
M.E. difficult to assess
In a letter to the editor, the Sussex & Kent M.E. Society’s Colin Barton expresses concern about reassessment for those on sickness and disability benefits, particularly those with M.E., a fluctuating condition that’s difficult to assess.
Brighton Argus, p 10
Support group helped me cope
Sue Kiell, one of the 600 people in Dorset living with M.E., says that the Dorset M.E. Support Group has helped her cope by putting her in touch with other people who have the illness.
Bournemouth Daily Echo, p 16
MPs visit local group
Waveney MP Peter Aldous and South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon visited Beccles & District M.E. Support Group last week to discuss changes to the NHS.
Diss Express, p 16
Caribbean visit for cricket coach
Cricket coach Ingram Jones is visiting the Caribbean as part of his latest community cricket drive. Ingram took up coaching after recovering from CFS.
Marlow Free Press, p 11
Daughter of Dr Ramsay remembered
Actress Louie Ramsay, best known for her role as Dora, the wife of Inspector Wexford in the TV series, has died. Louie was the daughter of Dr Melvin Ramsay, a consultant at the Royal Free Hospital who specialised in M.E.
The Guardian, p 38
Clare Caldwell, who has now recovered from M.E., is now a qualified complementary therapist offering Mickel therapy, reiki, reflexology and massage.
Inverness Courier, p 6
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