ME Alliance lobbies for equal coverage of service provision

ME charities are concerned that government funding for new services for ME sufferers in England is not being replicated in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

The ME Alliance, a coalition of six charities including Action for ME and the ME Association, said it was concerned at the lack of political will in the devolved governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to provide help for people with ME.

It has welcomed the Department of Health's pledge to pump £8.5m into a series of centres to support the 240,000 ME patients.

Samantha Radford, spokeswoman at Action for ME, said: "We're working with local charities in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to try to get devolved governments to take notice of the dire need for services."

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