2 February 2012
A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
Government halts Lords’ welfare bill amendments
The Coalition Government has overturned a series of defeats inflicted on its controversial Welfare Reform Bill in the House of Lords.
It won seven key votes in the Commons, throwing out the Lords’ amendments and reinstating original proposals.
Ministers say they will now use a rule known as 'financial privilege' to ensure Peers cannot send the same amendments back to the Commons when they re-consider the bill for a final time, effectively ending parliamentary opposition.
Wake up call for GPs
New research showing that one in every 100 secondary school pupils have undiagnosed M.E. has been described as a wake-up call for GPs, teachers and school clinics by our Chief Executive, Sir Peter Spencer.
Members of Sheffield Yogo for ME/CFS held a mass session at Holy Trinity Hall, Millhouses to mark the tenth anniversary of their group. Most of the group’s 264 members take part at home by using a CD, but 20 were able to join it the special session.
Sheffield Telegraph, p 4
Campaigning Lyme disease patient Denise Longman from Southwold, Suffolk, has expressed concern that some doctors misdiagnose the condition as M.E. because it can also cause severe fatigue.
Eastern Daily Press, p 27
Student forum launched
Action for M.E. has set up a new interactive forum for young people at, or thinking of going to, university or college in the Student Hub section of its website www.actionforme.org.uk, writes our chief executive, Sir Peter Spencer in a letter to the Editor
Ealing & Acton Gazette, p 14
Fulham and Hammersmith Chronicle, p 20
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