A Scottish Good Practice Guide for GPs on the diagnosis and management of ME/CFS was launched at the Scottish Parliament on Thursday (May 14).
Andy Kerr MSP, convenor of the Cross Party Group on ME in the Scottish Parliament, welcomed visitors to the press launch – which also included the start of a national consultation on the first-ever needs assessment of healthcare services for people living with the illness.
In a press statement to coincide with the event, public health minister Shona Robison said:
“Both the Good Practice Statement for GPs and the needs assessment consultation are very important pieces of work. I welcome the contribution they will make to the care of people with ME and CFS here in Scotland – both conditions that are debilitating and distressing for those who live with them day by day.
“A great deal of work has been undertaken by many people to produce these, and both show great sensitivity towards the needs of people with M.E. Together, these two initiatives will help professionals support and manage ME and CFS and ultimately improve care.”
The Good Practice Guide has been produced by Dr Gregor Purdie, from Castle Douglas, Dumfries. It will be the subject of a one-day training conference for GPs and other healthcare professionals on Wednesday, September 9.
The needs assessment has been undertaken by the Scottish Public Health Network. Their report is available for comment as part of a national consultation taking place 14 May–1 September.
The needs assessment report and comments template will be available from 14 May at their website
Andy Kerr said:
“ME/CFS affects over 20,000 people in Scotland but there has been a lack of information about the illness, how it should be diagnosed and what treatments and services are available.
“These two documents will go some way towards informing those in the medical profession and in our National Health Service on issues related to ME and thereby improving the treatment and care of people with ME.
“They represent the first steps in developing a coherent, consistent service throughout Scotland.”