14 March 2012
A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
GPs swamped by fitness to work appeals
The General Practitioners Committee of the British Medical Association (BMA) is seeking talks with the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) following a series of concerns raised by GPs and Local Medical Committee leaders about the tests and appeals process being used in the Government's drive to get patients off benefits. GPs say they are being swamped with requests from patients asking them to support their appeals to overturn ‘fitness to work' judgements.
Professor of psychological medicine at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, Peter White, will be the keynote speaker at the British Association for CFS/ME conference in Milton Keynes. He will talk about the PACE trial.
GPs offer olive branch
The Royal College of GPs has indicated willingness to work again with the Government on implementing controversial changes to the NHS in England. The college has been omitted from talks since declaring its opposition to the Health and Social Care Bill last month. However, its head, Clare Gerada, said members, while not changing their opinion, were now willing to help "find a way forward."
Among the worst
NHS Derbyshire County is among 24 PCTs and health boards dubbed the 'worst offenders' for lack of funding for specialist care for M.E. per patient within their area, in a report by Action for M.E. based on the answers from care providers to Freedom of Information legislation requests.
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