19 January 2012
A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
Duncan Smith rejects welfare concerns
Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has rejected suggestions that thousands patients could lose nearly £100 a week due to planned welfare changes. Charities have said that changes to employment support allowance would leave thousands of people who are unable to work £94 a week poorer. But Mr Duncan Smith told the BBC this was "not correct" and most people "will not be touched". The Government has insisted it will press ahead with the changes - likely to save £2bn a year - despite criticism from charities and opposition in the House of Lords.
Putting students first
Alan Cook, Chairman of Action for M.E., said improving student experience will be a top priority in his new additional role of Chairman of the Board of Governors of the University of Bedfordshire.
Call for school-based clinics
CFS in children is an important cause of pupils being absent from school, a study undertaken in three west country secondary schools suggests. The study’s authors say school-based clinics – such a one piloted in Bath - are a feasible way of identifying children with M.E./CFS and may reduce school absence and its harmful consequences.
Nursing Standard, p16
Abuse from public
Commenting on an article by an MS patient in which she describes being scared to use her disabled parking permit because of the abuse she has endured from people passing by who say she does not look ill, M.E. patient Louise of Bournemouth comments: ‘I totally understand. I have M.E. which is even more unrecognised and understood than MS ... but some days I can’t even move, others I can’t walk properly.’
‘I wish to state categorically that I have never at any time expressed any prejudice towards anyone suffering from any illness,’ writes Keith Dewison of Billingham in response to letters to the Editor commenting on his earlier letter stating that fatigue is not an illness.
Hung up on label
The label does not make it an illness, the condition and suffering does, writes Sue Percival of Durham, in response to Mr Dewison’s letter.
Northern Echo, p 21
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