Wednesday, 2 July 2014

NI Assembly Business: Public Petition: ME: Full Adoption of the Canadian Consensus Criteria

It's encouraging to see this happening here in Northern Ireland; I can't imagine the same thing occurring at Westminster!

Northern Ireland Assembly Business: Public Petition: ME:  Full Adoption of the Canadian Consensus Criteria

Session: 2013/2014

Date: Monday, 30 June 2014

Mr Speaker: Mr Bradley has sought leave to present a public petition in accordance with Standing Order 22.  The Member will have up to three minutes to speak on the subject.

Mr D Bradley: Go raibh míle maith agat, a Cheann Comhairle.  Caithfidh mé a rá go bhfuil mé thar a bheith buíoch díot as an deis seo a fháil chun an achainí seo a chur faoi do bhráid agus faoi bhráid an Tionóil.  Thank you very much, Mr Speaker, for the opportunity to present this petition on behalf of Newry and Mourne ME/Fibromyalgia Support Group to you and the Assembly.  As you know, both of those conditions are extremely serious.  They leave the sufferers in great pain and devoid of energy.

For many years, the Newry and Mourne ME group has been working hard to inform people about the illnesses and to provide advice and support to them.  For the most part, the work is carried out by volunteers, who, largely, are patients who suffer from ME and fibromyalgia.  I have great admiration for people who use their own time and resources to help others who suffer from the same illness.  Today's petition asks the Minister of Health to adopt the Canadian consensus criteria on ME and fibromyalgia.

The criteria have been agreed by a plethora of experts in Canada and other countries throughout the world.  The Newry and Mourne support group and many others believe that they offer the best option for sufferers to find relief from the illness and, ultimately, to be cured of it.

As I said, Mr Speaker, I am honoured to present the petition to you on behalf of the group.  It has been signed by hundreds of people.  The group has done amazing work in promoting it.  I am sure that our Health Minister will read the petition and the documentation contained in the file very carefully.  I hope that his response will be a positive one.  On that note, Mr Speaker, it only remains for me to thank you very much.

Mr D Bradley moved forward and laid the petition on the Table.

Mr Speaker: I will forward a copy of the petition to the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety and to the Chair of the Health Committee, Maeve McLaughlin.

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