From Action For ME.
Action for M.E. has raised serious concerns with every Local Medical Committee (LMC) following the announcement of a motion at their conference by Kent LMC to stop home visits by GPs. LMCs are the independent bodies who work with the British Medical Association to shape policy.
If successful, the motion which will be debated at the LMC conference on 22 November could stop people with M.E./CFS who are severely affected from having home visits from their GP. In our letter to each LMC Sonya Chowdhury, Chief Executive said:
“…one in four people with M.E. are severely affected by the condition. They are left house or bed bound, unable to properly care for themselves or even wash properly, sometimes for many years at a time. Action for M.E. carried out a survey that was completed by 4038 people with M.E. and the results from those who are severely affected found that 65% said that being too ill was a barrier to accessing NHS services. 60% are also unable to leave their home independently and 97% said that they feel socially isolated because of their condition.
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