From The Guardian, October 22 After becoming ill, Melissa Viney had to give up her job and go on to incapacity support. Then she tried working again. But it’s not easy, she found, to escape the benefits trap.
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Department for Work and Pensions Green Paper: No one written off: Reforming welfare to reward responsibility Around 2.7 million people currently claim Incapacity Benefit (ICB). The benefit is paid to people who are judged to be incapable of work, initially by a GP and then at a later date by a Benefits Agency doctor.
By 6.30pm this evening, a total of 400,862 people had visited this website – reading 2,085,587 pages between them. We started counting on 7 May 2007. The site has consistently been top of the Google ratings for information about M.E. since its re-launch in January last year.
A big package of new or revised leaflets, a brilliant first novel by someone with ME and a Christmas stocking filler take pride of place on The ME Association’s latest MEA Order Form (click here for a downloadable pdf).
From The Northern Echo, Monday October 13 Two new weekly clinics have been launched to help people who suffer from ME.
After six months trekking in the desert and hacking through jungle, explorer Ed Stafford has now reached the quarter-way mark in his 4,000-mile quest to become the first man to walk without a break from the source to the mouth of the mighty River Amazon.
Just before the start of the ‘ME Question Time’ meeting in Colchester on Saturday we were given the news that Dr Betty Dowsett had been taken to hospital.
These are brief notes on key points to emerge from the meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on ME that was held from 3pm to 5pm in Committee Room 18 at the House of Commons on Wednesday 8 October 2008. Please note that these are not the APPG minutes. The APPG minutes contain a far more comprehensive […]
Minutes of meeting of All Party Parliamentary Group on M.E. held at 1pm, Tuesday 2nd July 2008 Committee Room 20, House of Commons (The agenda for the next meeting on 8th October can be found here).
This is a brief summary on a very successful international ME/CFS conference that was held in Pavia, Italy on Friday 26 September 2008.
By 2.23 pm this afternoon, a total 2,000,678 pages had been read at this website since we started counting on 7 May 2007 – and the number is going up by about six thousand every day. The number of visitors to the website in the lst 16 months has been 383,309. The ME Association website […]
Health Minister Michael McGimpsey has announced plans to abolish prescription charges in Northern Ireland.
After three years as group co-ordinator, Eileen Shoosmith will be standing down from her job at the Reading Area ME Support Group at the end of the month. The group now urgently requires volunteers to help with the following tasks: answering emails, co-ordinating social events, maintenance of a new website.
Nearly 250 people packed Hove Town Hall on September 26th to hear Prof Leslie Findley and five local ME/CFS specialist doctors led by consultant Keith Hine give presentations and enter into discussions.
ME Association medical adviser Dr Charles Shepherd is to speak at an international conference on ME/CFS in Italy on Friday. Another British participant will be the epidemiologist, Dr Derek Pheby, who heads up the UK National Research Observatory on ME/CFS. The conference has been organised by University of Pavia immunologist Dr Lorenzo Lorusso. Details of programme […]
As you may know from the Action for ME and MEA websites, James Purnell MP, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, has agreed to address the next APPG on M.E., about the Welfare Reform Green Paper, ‘No one written off: reforming welfare to reward responsibility.’
If anyone knows of an ME-savvy GP in central London – particularly in Covent Garden, or the WC1, WC2, EC2, W1, and W2 areas – could you please let us know?
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Experiences from people with ME/CFS who have been offered Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and/or Graded Exercise Therapy since the NICE Guideline on ME/CFS was published in August 2007 are wanted by a new website launched today to support the the Judicial Review – which is expected to take place over three days in October or November.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown provided an answer on videotape – when Reading Area ME Support Group’s public relations officer Miriam Potter took up No 10’s challenge to quiz him on a subject close to her heart on You Tube.