There was an item about ME on the BBC Look East programme this evening (Tuesday, 9 March 2010).
The regional news programme looked at the failure of Mid Essex Primary Care Trust to pay for Penny Dashwood-Calvert of Maldon in Essex, who has severe ME, to attend Professor Leslie Findley’s ME/CFS service at the Queen’s Hospital, Romford, Essex, as an in-patient.
There are interviews with Professor Findley, who says he has already assessed Mrs Dashwood-Calvert and feels that treatment in his unit would be appropriate, with Penny’s husband Peter, and with Dennis Amess, MP for Southend West. Mr Amess is treasurer of the All Party Parliamentary Group on ME which last year published interim findings following its inquiry into the state of NHS services in England for people with ME.
A statement was read from Mid-Essex Primary Care Trust.
The three-minute report appears right at the beginning of the news programme.
The final report of the APPG on ME Inquiry into NHS services in England is expected to be published at this afternoon’s meeting of the group in the House of Commons. This will be the the group’s last meeting before the General Election.