5 September 2011
A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
Wessely article "stifles debate" over M.E.
In a letter to the editor, Dr Anna Wood, Glasgow, responds to the recent article by Professor Simon Wessely, pointing out that “even he admits that at least a third of patients do not respond to CBT or GET. In fact this figure is likely to be much higher, as around a quarter of sufferers are housebound or bedbound and therefore unable to access these treatments.” In a second letter, K Wimhurst, Colchester, voices concern that Wessely’s article “serves to raise the profile of one opinion whilst effectively stifling debate and dissent over treatment.”
K Wimhurst, Colchester
I want to work and be free of benefits
A reader who has M.E. and depression responds to a recent article (‘30,000 claim sickness benefits for depression,’ August 30), explaining how devastating long-term illness can be, saying, “I wish that I was never ill. I want to work and be free of benefits, but those ignorant people who think I scrounge and live the life – would they like my life?”
Belfast Telegraph, online
Joint bid to take over NHS trust
Chief executive Stephen Dalton talks about his Cumbria Partnership Foundation Trust Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals Foundation Trust’s joint bid to take over North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust. His trust provides specialist community services catering for illnesses including CFS.
News and Star, online
M.E. will not ruin our wedding day
Ireland AM presenter Alan Hughes says his partner Karl Broderick’s battle with M.E. will not ruin their wedding day later this month. Alan said: “It is going to be a big, big celebration – a big show more than a wedding.”
Irish Mail on Sunday, p 16-17
Returning to football after mystery illness
Footballer Darren Fletcher has returned to the game after being bedridden with a mystery virus. During an interview he was shocked to learn that former Celtic and Scotland winger Davie Provan, the Sky Sports pundit, was forced to quit the game at 29 after becoming ill with M.E.
Scottish Daily Mail, p 100-101
New dance programme Moky Fit
Former civil engineer and salsa teacher Mat Arnold and his wife and business partner Shameem will launch new dance programme Moky Fit at Longridge Civic Hall next month. Shameem, who has had M.E and depression, says: “As someone who has suffered with depression in the past it means so much to me that I now can provide Moky sessions which lift peoples spirits and give them something to look forward to every week.”
Garstang Courier, online
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