ME sufferer 'took own life' - inquest

AN ME sufferer took her own life after becoming frustrated at a lack of medical help for her condition, a Sheffield inquest heard.

Julia Revill, aged 58, hanged herself outside her family home at Totley last November 2. The inquest heard she had made previous attempts to end her life. Mrs Revill, a former chiropodist, of Sunnyvale Road, was unable to work because she had suffered from the chronic fatigue syndrome for eight years.

She had shown some improvement after treatment at the UK's only ME hospital in Essex, but had been refused funding by the local health authority for further treatment there and her condition deteriorated. On October 23 last year, Mrs Revill cut her wrists and two days later she was admitted to a psychiatric ward at Chesterfield hospital - part of a link up between health authorities in Sheffield and Derbyshire. She discharged herself on October 30 and died three days later.

Husband John told the inquest: "She meant to take her own life. She'd had a relapse and she totally despaired of anybody listening to her or understanding her illness. Most GPs treat it as depression - which it isn't, in my opinion. We'd had the local authority refusing funding, doctors saying she was and wasn't depressed and promises made but not carried through."

However, Dr Joseph Kinane, a consultant psychiatrist at Chesterfield, said he had discussed treatment options with Mrs Revill and had found her 'able to make her own decisions'.

Assistant Deputy Coroner Donald Coutts-Wood recorded a verdict that Mrs Revill had taken her own life