We have just had it confirmed that Professor Sir Michael Rawlins, chairman of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, will be unable to attend the meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on ME at Westminster on Thursday (February 22).
Instead, NICE will be represented by two people at the main discussion on the draft clinical practice guideline for CFS/ME, which is due to be published in August. They will be Professor Peter Littlejohns, Clinical and Public Health Director of NICE, and Dr Esther Crawley, Consultant Paediatrician and Guideline Development Group member.
The meeting is going ahead as planned. It will be held in Committee Room 17, House of Commons, between 1.30 and 2.30pm. Visitors should enter the building through the St Stephen’s entrance.
So far eight MPs have indicated they will be attending the meeting:
Dr Des Turner MP (Chairman); Dr Ian Gibson MP (Secretary), for at least the first part of the meeting; Andrew Stunell MP (Vice Chairman), for the first half an hour; Peter Luff MP; Dr Julian Lewis MP; John Baron MP (or his researcher); Betty Williams MP; and Kelvin Hopkins MP.