30 April 2012
A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
CFS clinic facing £46,000 of cuts
Health chiefs in Leeds plan to make around £46,000 worth of savings by changing the treatments offered at its specialist CFS clinic at Seacroft Hospital. The proposals mean patients will no longer have direct access to an immunologist and a senior occupational therapist will be replaced with a less costly member of staff.
Internet scam warning
A mother and full time carer of an M.E. patient from Thornbury, Gloucestershire, has warned people to beware of an internet scam after her daughter received a series of emails purporting to come from online payment facility provider Paypal. They said an over-payment had been made and that she should forward the difference to her buyer. Paypal confirmed that the emails were not coming from them.
People with M.E. across Wales continue to be misunderstood amongst health professionals, according to Assembly Members. Labour AM Julie Morgan said M.E. patients are often misunderstood by health professionals without specialist knowledge of the condition. Health minister Lesley Griffiths agreed, but insisted that a lot of work had already been done to improve services.
Helping hand for Andrew
A generous reader has given an iPad3 to Andrew McGorrian-McMurdie, an 11 year old severe M.E. patient from Poyntzpass, Northern Ireland, to help with his stop-start education.
Portadown Times, p 13
Tony’s his own boss
A father who has had CFS for 10 years has started his own business selling hot food from a van in Braintree town centre. Tony Varrow, 39, of Great Notley, Essex, says being his own boss has helped him to work and manage his condition.
Braintree and Witham Times, p 11
‘Much can be done’
A survey of people with M.E. shows that there is much that can be done to help a good number make significant improvements, writes Colin Barton, Chair the Sussex ME/CFS Society in a letter to the Editor.
Rye Observer, p 6 and online
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