23 February 2012
A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
Lansley battles to keep NHS reform risks secret
Health Secretary Andrew Lansley looks more determined than ever not to reveal the findings of a risk assessment on the Government's health service reforms. He won the support of MPs, who yesterday voted by a majority of 53 against a Labour motion that the Department of Health should make its document public.
The Guardian, p8 and online
Ghost patients costing NHS
GPs in England and Wales have been paid hundreds of millions of pounds for ‘ghost patients’ who should have been removed from their practice lists because they have moved or died. A year-long investigation by the Audit Commission revealed 95,000 ‘ghosts’, some dating back to the 1960s.
Metro, p 1
Knowledge key to quality care
Despite the debilitating nature of M.E. and its effect on lives, a lack of awareness and understanding among healthcare professionals may result in patients' needs being overlooked or poorly understood. However, with education, knowledge and support nurses can be key to improving the quality of care offered to people with M.E. and their families.
Nursing Standard, p 50 to 54
‘Billy Elliot’ laid low by M.E.
Before he was diagnosed with M.E. 11-year-old Andrew McGorrian was affectionately knicknamed Billy Elliot because of his love of football and dancing. Now he spends most of his day sleeping and feeling permanently exhausted. His mother Jacqueline is campaigning for more support and medical advice for people in Northern Ireland affected by the condition.
News Letter, p 20 & 21
Time for Action pass it on
Action for M.E. Chief Executive, Sir Peter Spencer, urges the family, friends, relatives and colleagues of people with M.E. to sign up to our Time for Action campaign and forward the www.actionforme.org.uk/time-for-action link to other potential supporters.
Belper News, p 6
Long term support
The Angus Long Term Conditions Support Group holds regular meetings for people with long-term illnesses including M.E./CFS and their carers. For more information, telephone 07901 385279.
Brechin Advertiser, p 2
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