23 May 2012
A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
MP says illness is much misunderstood
Ochil MP Gordon Banks said, ahead of a meeting with a mother who has been a full-time carer for her daughter who has M.E. for almost three decades, “It is incredible that this illness can be so misunderstood by the medical profession, the general public and the media.”
Alloa and Hillfoots Advertiser, p 10
NHS north south divide
Ministers are planning to switch billions of pounds of NHS spending from the north to the south of England in a move that critics say will hit poorer areas that already have the highest rates of ill health.
Elaine Smith, whose daughter Lauren has M.E. explained the fluctuating nature of the condition saying: “Sometimes Lauren is completely paralysed and can only communicate with her eyes. There are also times when she’s ‘normal’. Last Christmas she was dancing.”
Surrey Herald, p 12
Mother’s hope for son
Jacqueline McGorrian-McMurdie, who is hoping to raised £30,000 to send her son Andrew, who has severe M.E., for treatment at a specialist clinic in Hawaii, said, “There is no promise of a cure, all we can hope for is that he has a better quality of life. Even to play football for five minutes would be wonderful.”
Banbridge Chronicle, p 4
Hairdresser Melissa Hall held a raffle at her salon in Wilmslow to raise money for the Association of Young People with M.E. (AYME).
Wilmslow Express, p 10
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