22 June 2012
A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
ESA – managers issue suicide warning
Jobcentre staff have been warned of the risk of benefit claimants attempting suicide as controversial changes to sickness benefits are being pushed through. An internal email warns that ill-handling of benefit changes for vulnerable claimants could have "profound results" and highlights the case of a suicide attempt earlier this year.
The Guardian, online
Garden to go on show
A garden designed by Joan Mulvenna, who has M.E., which aims to help people cope with health difficulties through evocative scents and practical plants, will go on show at the RHS Tatton Flower Show next month.
Lancashire Magazine, p 150 to 152
An M.E. patient successfully argued in court that he was entitled to have his pension backdated to 1990, when he retired due to ill health, despite a ruling at the time that he was not able to claim his pension early. The Ombudsman ruled that a subsequent better understanding of M.E. justified reconsideration.
Trust Law International, p 55 to 59
BMA to discuss next move
More industrial action is not being ruled out by doctors' leaders as they discuss their next move in the battle over pensions.The BMA leadership will meet next week to ponder what to do after yesterday's boycott of non-urgent care including monitoring of long-term conditions.
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