Concern about withdrawal of services
Concern has been expressed among sufferers of ME - also called Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - after two support services for them were withdrawn.
Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy services have not been available since the beginning of May and it's claimed won't be available for the foreseeable future because of maternity leave.
GPs are being asked to refer patients requiring physiotherapy treatment to the Community Adult Therapy Service for mobility problems and to self-refer for the treatment of muscular pain.
It's claimed options for the future provision of the service are being examined.
However, users of the service say they're horrified at the decision to withdraw what little support there is for what is a vulnerable and neglected group.
They point out that a CFS/ME Steering Group was set up some time ago which aimed to develop the therapy-led service into a fully holistic one and this decision is a betrayal of that aim.
They're concerned why the occupational therapist involved, who has considerable experience working with ME and isn't on maternity leave, hasn't been supported and has had her hours increased in order to cover for her physiotherapist colleague.