In the House of Lords yesterday (May 6), The Countess of Mar asked health minister Lord Darzi of Denham whether the Clinical Network Collaborative Consortium for ME/CFS was fulfilling the purposes for which it was set up. The question and Lord Darzi's answer appear below.
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Clinical Network Collaborative Consortium for chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) is fulfilling the purposes for which it was set up following the Chief Medical Officer‘s 2002 report on CFS/ME; whether regional specialist services for patients with CFS/ME are appropriately funded and are operating in all English regions; and whether there are sufficient trained specialist practitioners to meet the needs of patients in each region.
We have made no assessment on whether the Clinical Network Collaborative Consortium is fulfilling the purposes for which it was set up.
It is the responsibility of strategic health authorities to ensure that services are available, and sufficiently funded and staffed with appropriately trained staff, to meet the health and social care needs of those of their local population diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis.