This aguement is one put across by thoose who say that ME is not a real Disease that leads to polls such as in the Daily Mail. Where is the evidence of people facking it? Who says thier symptoms are not genuine? Just because someone is misdiagnosed it does not mean they are fakeing it. If they do not fit they Canadian Consesus for ME, have no other identifiable illness ruled out by its aplication then it may be the case that they have something else. It does not mean they are not ill in anyway. There are easier illnesses to fake. that need much less research such as clinical depression, back ache that would give easier acess to benefits than ME. This illusion that we are facking it when we are genuinely sick no matter what the cause is part of the reason we are denied acess to benefits as ME suffers or sick in general. this is the reason employment Support is being brought in to force the sick to work. The Uk attitude to benefits claimants as deserving or undesrving poor is part of our national shame. It is draconian and stems back to the poor laws that would of had us in the workhouse. So maybe that is the solution the the daily mail brigade as I call them would seek. For information. The Workhouse was set up in Victorian times. The " deserving" poor where given support through the local parish (church) the undeserving were sent to the work house, al arge instution where the poor were sent to work for their megre living. The cretieria for poor relief in the parish was a moral one. For example a widow who had children would get relief from the parish, if she had a child out of wedlock this would be withdrawn and she would be given no option to go in to the workhouse where she would be seperated from her children. In a lot of cases it was a soul destroying death sentence.