13 March 2012
A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
Time for Action: PCTs named and shamed
NHS Derbyshire County is among 24 PCTs named and shamed by Action for M.E. as being the ‘worst offenders’ when it came to the amount spent funding specialist services per person with M.E in their area. Statistics from the charity's Freedom of Information requests to all UK PCTs and Health Boards found that, across the country, funding per head on specialist services ranged from nothing whatsoever in three areas to £382 in Birmingham and Solihull.
Derby Telegraph, p 26
A mother’s desperate search
Mother Alice Pitman writes how she has scoured the internet in her hunt for remedies to ease her 13-year-old daughter Betty’s CFS. Her latest purchase being pills derived from African Potato mentioned in Michael Winner’s Sunday Times restaurant review. Alice writes, “I no more believe these pills can cure CFS than I believe there should be yet more TV vehicles for Sue Perkins, but we’re giving it a go. I am now so desperate that if David Icke suggested Betty eats the heads of baby lizards, I’d probably tell her to try that too.”
Oldie, p 73
On his bike
Government advisor Richard Hazelwood is getting on his bike to raise money after his wife was diagnosed with M.E. He will be cycling 300 miles between London, Amsterdam and Brussels.
South Wales Echo, p 25
Call to join campaign
Many of Britan’s M.E. patients are too ill to fight the ignorance, injustice and neglect they face from Government, parts of the NHS, the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), employers, teachers and sometimes even their own family, writes Action for M.E. Chief Executive, Sir Peter Spencer, in a letter to the Editor promoting the Time for Action campaign.
Keighley News, p 12
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