The Countess of Mar asked a question about the status of the series of NHS Plus documents Occupational Aspects of the Management of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A National Guideline once the NICE clinical practice guideline has been published. Department of Health minister Lord Hunt replied.
Publication of the NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) guideline has been delayed until 22 August this year following a huge outcry from the ME community about the content of the draft, which appeared towards the end of last year.
Here is a text of the question and Lord Hunt's written answer
The Countess of Mar's question:
What will be the status of the series of National Health Service documents, Occupational Aspects of the Management of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS): A National Guideline after the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines on chronic fatigue syndrome and myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) are published.
Lord Hunt's reply:
The NHS Plus guideline deals with the occupational aspects of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and will complement the forthcoming National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guideline on CFS, or myalgic encephalomyelitis, which deals with the clinical aspects of the management of the condition.