21 March 2012
A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
Labour pledge to repeal health reforms
Health Secretary Andrew Lansley today begins the hard task of rebuilding confidence in the NHS, following yesterday’s final vote on the Health and Social Care Bill which is expected to become law early next week. The vote yesterday ended more than a year of debate and several last-minute bids to overturn or delay the legislation. Labour has declared it would repeal the reforms ‘at the first opportunity.’
The Guardian, p 1 and online
Funding less than cost of a pint
Less than a pint of beer was spent on specialist care for each M.E. patient in Gloucestershire last year. Just £3 was paid out on each person.
Gloucestershire Echo, p 6
Figure too low
A warning to Care Minister Paul Burstow that 200,000 people in Britain have neurological conditions grossly under-estimates the true figure because people with M.E. have not been included, says Action for M.E. Chief Executive Sir Peter Spencer.
Full time carer Stephen Chambers is a finalist in the Pride of Coventry and Warwickshire Community Awards’ caring hero category after being nominated by his wife Alys, who has M.E.
Nuneaton Telegraph, p 58
Keep smiling through
Carer Marian Dunham of Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire, has a motto for looking after her husband John, who has had M.E. for 25 years. It is, “I can’t make him better, so I’ll make him laugh.”
Yours, p 111
App to keep track
An iPhone application has been launched to help people with M.E. keep track of their energy levels.
Health Business, p 41
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