19 August 2011
A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
Listening exercise on NHS reform continues
The second phase of the Government’s listening exercise on NHS reform has been launched. Led by the NHS Future Forum, chaired by GP Professor Steve Field, it will focus on four key areas: integrated care, public health, education and training and the continued delivery of the Government's information strategy.
Pulse Today, online
Generic advice no good for disabled jobseekers
Leading thinktank the National Institute of Economic and Social Research has said that cutting benefits to jobless people if they do not attend training courses – a key point of government welfare policy – is "neither necessary nor effective for many claimants." It also found that claimants with major health problems needed more than generic advice to help them get jobs.
Fundraising music festival
Thorney Live music festival will take place in the grounds of Bedford Hall, Peterborough, Sunday 28 August, with funds raised going towards charities for M.E. and cancer.
Peterborough Evening Telegraph, p 24
Offensive and mean-spirited
Two letters to the editor refer to Steve Lowe’s column ‘ME sufferers’ threats are no way to gain our sympathy.’ Kate John says that he makes “offensive, mean-spirited jokes about people with disabilities” but Dr John Chisholm, Bedfordshire M.E. Support Group says the column was witty and provocative.
Befordshire on Sunday, p 10
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