Stephen Hepburn, Labour MP for Jarrow, tabled a parliamentary question about the number of people diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome in the North East and nationally in England in the past 10 years. The written answer was provided today by Ann Keen, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Health Services) at the Department of Health.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Mr. Hepburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England in each year since 1997. 
Ann Keen: Information on the number of people diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis is not collected.
[MEA note: Stephen Hepburn has been involved with ME North East's long-term campaign to secure an NHS specialist service for ME/CFS on Teeside.]