Alternattiva Demokratika - The Green Party expressed its disappointment that ME (Myalgic Encephalopathy) and FM (Fibromyalgia) have not been included in Government's new list of chronic conditions, in the schedule V which guarantee entitlement for free medicines.
Michael Briguglio, AD Chairperson, said: "Persons with ME and FM face constant difficulties in their everyday life. They rely on various medicines according to their individual needs. Most also require alternative therapies and treatment, all of which are costly. Yet, given that ME and FM are not recognised as chronic illnesses or disability, they are not entitled to specific assistance. They also need to pay for the special costly foodstuffs in view of intolerances and gut problems and sensitivities. To make matters worse, many persons with ME or FM cannot be in employment, which, in turn increases risk of poverty".