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1 in 3 ME sufferers have no access to local specialist services

One in three severely affected adults with ME, otherwise known as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), have no access to local specialist services, say researchers at the University of Southampton.

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ME sufferers aren't getting local specialist services

One in three adults with severe M.E. has no access to local specialist services according to researchers at the University of Southampton.

They say a third of the units dedicated to patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome nationwide, aren't providing the care that's recommended for housebound patients, primarily due to a lack of funding.

It's estimated around 250,000 people in the UK have the condition.

Clare McDermott who led the study said:

People with ME should be able to seek the advice of a specialist service close to their homes. We were surprised by the lack of services and access to services that our survey revealed. Even if the local Trust provides a service, some housebound patients will never get to use it. Many, very ill patients are going without."

– Clare McDermott, NIHR School for Primary Care Research funded Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Southampton,

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