25 July 2011
A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
MPs publish critical report of DWP and Atos
On Tuesday, a select committee will publish a detailed and critical report of the Department for Work and Pensions’ cost-cutting policy and its contract with Atos, the private French company that carries out benefits assessments. The select committee launched an investigation this year after many complaints about the testing process.
M.E. services survey
In a letter to the editor, Action for M.E.’s Sir Peter Spencer asks local people who have used specialist NHS CFS/M.E. services to complete the charity’s survey* by 12 August.
Durham Times, online
*NB. InterAction readers – this survey may be found on pp 13-14 of your summer issue.
The Herald (Plymouth), p 11
Ormskirk Advertiser, p 10
Dorking Advertiser, p 19
Diagnostic criteria and research into M.E.
Three letters to the editor discuss M.E. and its treatment. Patient Caroline Davis says that a small group of powerful psychiatrists suppress the argument that M.E. is biomedical rather than psychiatric, and argues that both sides need to be heard for research to move forward. Alastair M Santhouse, a consultant in psychological medicine, points out that the good intentions of doctors and researchers working in the M.E. field should be acknowledged. Peter White, Alastair Miller and Esther Crawley say that adopting the Canadian Consensus Criteria in the UK “may be reasonable but is probably not practicable.”
British Medical Journal, p 169-170
Disabled people wrongly portrayed as scroungers
The Disability Benefits Consortium, a group that includes charities Scope, Mencap and Mind, warns that the Government's welfare to work policies are inciting hatred and violence towards the disabled by portraying them as benefits cheats and scroungers.
Cycling 4,000 miles for Action for M.E.
David Collings, whose wife Carole has M.E., has cycled 4,000 miles around Britain’s coastline to raise more than £1,000 for Action for M.E.
Sheffield Telegraph, online
Sheffield Star, p 12 and online
Hepatitis B vaccine
All children could be vaccinated against hepatitis B to help prevent rising rates of infection. But some campaigners believe there is a link between the jab and M.E.
Daily Mail, p 20 and online
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