20 February 2012
A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
Welfare tests must be fair and accurate
Ministers have been urged to make sure that eligibility tests for a new disability benefit are accurate and fair. Dame Anne Begg, Chair of the House of Commons Work and Pensions Select Committee, warned that the Government's move to replace Disability Living Allowance with a Personal Independence Payment was creating high levels of anxiety. The Treasury expects savings of 20 per cent under the new system.
The Times, p 8
Prime Minister David Cameron is holding a meeting of healthcare professionals later to discuss the Government's controversial changes to the NHS. However, opponents of the Bill including the British Medical Association (BMA) and Royal College of Nursing (RCN) have been excluded from the event.
The Guardian, p 1
Writing in his regular Letter from Westminster column, MP Peter Luff says that he is really worried that even now many members of the medical community seem not to accept just how serious condition M.E. is.
Bromsgrove Advertiser, p 20
Time for Action now
In a letter to the Editor, Action for M.E. Chief Executive, Sir Peter Spencer, urges the family, friends, relatives and colleagues of people with M.E. to add their names to our Time for Action campaign to end the ignorance, injustice and neglect of M.E., once and for all and forward the following link www.actionforme.org.uk/time-for-action to other potential supporters.
Congleton Chronicle, p 23
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