Intro to Dr Shepherd Interview 2015 09

A lack of treatment options for chronic fatigue syndrome sufferers is costing the economy up to three million pounds per year.

That’s the view of an eminent medicial expert, who has visited the Island recently to talk to sufferers and ministers about the condition.

Dr. Charles Shepherd is the medical advisor to the British M.E. Association.

He says that misdiagnosis, and a lack of effective on-Island support, makes it an unncecessarily expensive problem.

It’s also making life much more difficult for Manx people living with M.E.

Following a well-attended talk in Onchan last week, Dr. Shepherd met with officials from the Health and Treasury departments.

He advised that a more efficient treatment system could cut costs by a significant amount.

Speaking to Alex Bell, Dr. Shepherd joined Celia Marshall of the M.E. Isle of Man Support Group to discuss the implications of a relatively under-reported illness:

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