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Delays to ME services

PUBLISHED: 09:51 11 March 2010 | UPDATED: 17:00 30 June 2010

People suffering from ME across Norfolk and Suffolk face a further wait for new services, after health bosses missed their own deadline to bring in a specialist consultant.

People suffering from ME across Norfolk and Suffolk face a further wait for new services, after health bosses missed their own deadline to bring in a specialist consultant.

In November members of the Suffolk and Norfolk Joint Health Scrutiny Committee were told that the new service would be in place within three months.

But at the committee meeting yesterday they were informed that still no-one had been appointed.

The consultancy post is part of a programme by NHS trusts for Norfolk, Suffolk, and Great Yarmouth and Waveney to improve services for patients suffering from Myalgic Encephalomylitis, also known as chronic fatigue syndrome.

Scrutiny board member and Great Yarmouth borough councillor Shirley Weymouth accused people behind the process of being “lax” after the failed pledge that was made by Chris Humphris, of NHS Great Yarmouth & Waveney.

She said: “I'm very concerned, it's just promise after promise after promise. Chris Humphris promised to have a consultant in place within three months and that was November. Now you're still in discussions so that's very, very concerning. The service hasn't been implemented.”

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