22 February 2012
A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
Lansley accused of 'bullying' reform critic
Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has been accused of ‘bullying’ NHS staff who speak out against controversial health service reforms after a senior doctor, who signed a letter criticising the proposed changes, was threatened with disciplinary action for airing his views in public.
The Guardian, p 9 and online
Crying out for help
People living in Northern Ireland who have M.E. are crying out for more help live with their condition, M.E. patient and campaigner Hazel Bland told a local television programme UTV Live Tonight screened last night. Watch it again on utvplayer.
Early diagnosis important
It is important that local NHS services for children with M.E. are improved as early diagnosis and good management can lead to better outcomes, writes Colin Barton, Chairman of the Sussex ME/CFS Society in a letter to the Editor commenting on a report about recent research which found that around one per cent of secondary schoolchildren had the condition.
Brighton Argus, p 10
Time for Action on isolation
Too many of those most affected by M.E. are simply left at home, lonely, isolated and abandoned by the medical profession and social services alike, writes Action for M.E. Chief Executive, Sir Peter Spencer, in a letter to the Editor urging people to join our Time for Action campaign at www.actionforme.org.uk/time-for-action and forward the link to people they know who may be potential supporters.
Southern Daily Echo, p 12
Ashby Times, p 17
Coalville Times, p 17
Fulham and Hammersmith Chronicle, p 20
Westminster Chronicle, p 20
Broughty Ferry Guide & Carnoustie Gazette, p 14
North Star, p 6
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