There are three letters in ‘The Sun’ today in response to Rod Liddle’s column in the paper on January 26.
Rod Liddle should thank heaven that he does not have the debilitating myalgic encephalomyelitis (M.E.) – classified as a neurological illness by the World Health Organisation since 1969.
It has left tens of thousands of people existing for decades house or bed bound, before a premature death. He should give thanks he does not have the excruciating fibromyalgia – classified as a soft issue order by the World Health Organisation since the 1990s.
For the last quarter of a century I have had a severe form of both the conditions he ridicules and, believe me, I would be delighted to return to my teaching career if there were any effective treatment available. Unfortiunately, there’s none, just psychobabble.
I was totally outraged to read Rod Liddle’s abhorrent utterings.
The only thing we can hope is that there will be such a backlash against him from so many quarters that it will actually focus more attention on all the chronic illnesses he is poo-poohing.
It would be some comfort for so many people if that kind of good came out of this column.
Rod Liddle has made yet another incompetent and inaccurate attack on people with M.E.
M.E. is not ‘newly invented’. It was first described by he Lancet in 1956 and was later classified by the World Health Organisation as a neurological disorder. M.E. is recognised by the Department of Health to be a serious and debilitating condition.
The Medical Research Council recently provided £1.5million to fund biomedical research into the causes, diagnosis and management of this devastating illness.
DR CHARLES SHEPHERD
Hon Medical Adviser, ME Association