22 August 2011
A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
New online support for M.E. in Scotland
The Scottish Hub for M.E., a new online resource launched by Action for M.E. combines a forum offering peer support with a for information on the illness, including a database of local and national services. Visit it at http://www.actionforme.org.uk/Scotland.
Glasgow Herald, p 2
GMC not fit for purpose says Dr Myhill
Dr Sarah Myhill, a private GP based in Powys who specialises in treating people with M.E., has called for an inquiry into the General Medical Council (GMC) after misconduct charges against her were dropped. Dr Myhill said, “The GMC has been incompetently prosecuting me since 2001. In doing so it has broken its own procedures and the laws of the land. Allegations against me have been vexatious, inconsequential and often untrue. The GMC is a dysfunctional organisation, not fit for purpose.”
Western Mail, online
Special meeting in Sussex
The Sussex M.E. Society, which supports many of the estimated 6,000 people affected by the condition in the county, is holding a special meeting at Hove Town Hall, 9 September. Topics will include the diagnosis and management of the debilitating illness. Call 01273 674828 for details or visit http://www.measussex.org.uk.
Brighton Argus, p 17
Para-dressage home international
Britta Francis, who has M.E. and scoloiosis, is preparing to represent England in the first ever para-dressage home international with her horse, Harry. "This competition will most likely make me bed-bound for at least a few weeks but I may never have a chance to train and compete for England again,” she says. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity so I've got to take it."
The Weston Mercury, online
Tiny group of activists
Professor Myra McClure, Professor Michael Sharpe, Dr Esther Crawley and Professor Simon Wessely speak about the intimidation and threats they have received because of their research into M.E. "The tragedy is that this tiny group of activists are driving young scientists from working in the field," said Professor Sharpe.
The Observer, p8 and online
Important to be open about depression
Susan and Roger Walsom talk about their daughter Louise who recently took her own life, aged 18, after battling depression resulting from severe M.E. Mr Walsom says it’s important for people to be open about depression and suicidal feelings.
Dorking Advertiser, p 11
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