The Last Great Medical Cover Up
In early October 2015, Change For M.E. Change For Us began filming for their short film, The Last Great Medical Cover Up. Filming took the campaign across the UK, visiting six individuals living with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, otherwise known as ME. Interviews discussed in detail the effects of suffering from a little-known disease, and how the lack of medical assistance has left British citizens fighting for recognition and treatment every day from their GPs and practitioners.
The six participants were of various ages and backgrounds; each had suffered from ME for years. They each expressed their different, but equally traumatic experiences with family, friends and, most vitally, the medical community. Their treatment included Cognitive behavioral therapy and Graded Exercise Therapy, two harmful but commonplace treatment pathways for people with M.E. in the U.K. Participants also described refusal of treatments from the medical community, as well as widespread disbelief, maltreatment, and abandonment both socially and medically.
The Last Great Medical Cover Up was released on 30th October 2015, followed by the 'Change For M.E. Change For Us' petition to alter NICE guidelines and fund specialist care later that day.