17 April 2012
A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
Minister cannot delegate away responsibility
Care Services Minister Paul Burstow cannot abdicate responsibility by delegating the care of M.E. patients to local health care commissioners, says Action for M.E. Chief Executive, Sir Peter Spencer. The former Second Sea Lord added that, during his 38 years in the Royal Navy he had a clear understanding that delegation of a task did not ever relieve him of the responsibility of seeing that it had been properly executed.
Ulster Gazette and Armagh Standard, p 13
Social media link to world
A woman whose hopes of becoming a solicitor were dashed when she was diagnosed with M.E. has set up a Facebook page to help fellow patients. Claire Taylor-Jones from Rhyl says that some days it is her only link to the outside world.
Welsh Daily Post, p 12
Check out other causes
There is no specific diagnostic test for M.E., writes Dr Rosemary Leonard in answer to a reader whose middle-aged son fears that he may have the condition after experiencing muscle weakness, fatigue and lethargy. Rather it is a diagnosis that should only be made once other causes of symptoms have been excluded, the doctor writes.
Daily Express, p 37 and online
Homeopath Jan de Vries writes that diseases such as M.E., allergies and auto-immune diseases are, in his opinion, the result of underlying illness having been suppressed.
Dundee Sunday Post, p37
Should be ashamed
The UK medical profession, which flatly refuses to take M.E. seriously, should hang its head in shame following the recent death of a teenage girl who had a severe form of the condition all her life, writes Terri in a readers’ comment column.
Burton Mail, p 8
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