With a fortnight to go before the Liverpool ME Support Group training seminar for doctors and healthcare professionals on June 1, organiser Dorothy O'Rourke unsurprisingly has seen most interest in the event come from young and newly qualified medical staff.
“We've done four mailouts and the most positive responses we've had so far have been from newly qualified GPs and students on the post-qualification medical courses at John Moore's University”, Mrs O'Rourke told the ME Association.
“Apart from a handful of surgeries that are breaking the mould, I'm absolutely 150% sure now that doctors in existing GP practices are not interested in coming along. They've done their training, worked hard to get where they are, made themselves very cosy and don't want to learn about ME”, she added.
So far 66 doctors, medical students and other healthcare professionals have booked themselves in for the ground-breaking training event at the Liverpool Medical Institution which will be led by Professor Malcolm Hooper from Sunderland University and Auckland Bishop GP Dr Irving Spurr. In the chair will be the leader of Chester and Wirral ME Self-Help Group, Joan Crawford.
The seminar has been set up with the help of a £4,500 grant from Liverpool Charity and Voluntary Services and admission will be free. The evening starts at 6.30pm with a hot buffet. The lectures will begin at 7.20pm and the evening is expected to finish by 9.30pm. Car parking spaces in the Metropolitan Cathedral car park opposite the venue are available on request when registering.
To register, please phone Dorothy O’Rourke on 0151 722 2471 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
To read our earlier story on the subject, please click HERE.