24 May 2011
A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
Reading M.E. Group faces closure
Despite having 250 members across Berkshire, Reading M.E. Group faces closure unless it can attract new members, as current organisers are struggling with poor health. For more information call 0118 926 5755 or see www.berkshiremefm.co.uk.
Bracknell News, p 11
Reading Chronicle, p 6
Save CFS unit, says 1,300-strong petition
More than 1,300 people have signed a petition to stop the closure of the specialist CFS/M.E. service at Queen’s Hospital, Romford. Signatory and patient Scott Clark says it would be a crime to close the unit. To sign the petition, go to http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/stopcfsunitclosure/signatures.
Romford Recorder, p 29
Apologies for confusion over CFS unit
Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust has apologised for confusion over the potential closure of the CFS service at Queen’s Hospital, Romford. Sir Peter Spencer, Action for M.E., had expressed concern that minutes of a trust board meeting, held before the consultation period was over, stated the service would be commissioned. A spokesman says now that these minutes were “incorrect in referring to the decommissioning of this service.”
Romford Recorder, p 39
Free M.E. awareness posters and leaflets
In a letter to the editor, Sir Peter Spencer, Action for M.E., asks people to display the charity’s awareness posters and leaflets during May, M.E. Awareness Month. To order free copies, contact Action for M.E. at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Walsall Chronicle, p 5
Worried about getting my daughter to school
Sarah Darbon, who has M.E. and fibromyalgia and is registered disabled, is worried she will not be able to take her daughter to school after four-year-old Katelyn missed out on a place at her nearest school.
Bristol Evening Post, p 7
Coeliac disease, not M.E.
Over a ten year period, Katrina Robinson suffered dizziness, fatigue and muscle pain, and was diagnosed with a whole range of conditions including M.E., epilepsy, depression and Parkinson’s disease. But in fact Katrina has coeliac disease and is allergic to gluten.
Daily Mail, p 43
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