15 June 2012
A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
Austerity measures hitting poorest hardest
A report published by Oxfam has found that the Government’s austerity measures are disproportionately affecting the UK’s poorest. The charity says that 13.5m poor people have been hit hard by tax rises of £29bn and public spending cuts of £99bn.
The Guardian, p 8 and online
Call for specialist nursing
Writing a personal Comment piece, qualified registered nurse, Greg Crowhurst, a full time carer for his wife who has severe M.E., says there is an urgent need to develop an appropriate biomedical model of nursing practice for people with her condition.
British Journal of Nursing, p 642
NHS number delayed
The rollout of the NHS 111 number in England has been delayed, the Government announced today. The free one-stop number for patients with urgent, but not life-threatening symptoms was planned for April 2013. Doctors' leaders - who had expressed "serious concerns" about the rollout - welcomed the delay.
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