Esther Rantzen talks ME and the blood ban with Dr Charles Shepherd on BBC Radio Berkshire

Esther Rantzen discussed ME/CFS and the new UK ban on blood donation by everyone with the illness with MEA medical adviser, Dr Charles Shepherd, on BBC Radio Berkshire on Monday 1 November.

Esther Rantzen was standing in for Anne Diamond, the usual host of the mid-morning programme. The interview was followed by some discussion on the subject with people phoning in – after a break for the news and some “Strictly Come Dancing” chat with Anton du Beke (mostly about Ann Widdecombe).

Claims were made about the value of Lightning Process approach for people with ME/CFS and recovery rates for the illness which we challenged as soon as we heard they had been made. These will be the subject of a further item on BBC Radio Berkshire on Thursday 11 November, round about 9.40am.

This item is now available here on BBC iPlayer if you want to listen. Move the cursor on the time bar to 1:49:15 for the beginning of the discussion.

The item will be held in place for a week after the broadcast.

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