The Countess of Mar tabled a written question about the future of the ME/CFS service at the Royal Free Hospital, London, and whether it has been instructed to return all its patients to community mental health services in the area. The MEA would like to hear from anyone who is being treated at the Royal Free Hospital ME/CFS Service and has been affected by this decision. Please use this email.
The Countess, who chairs the Forward ME Group which comprises the heads of many of the main ME/CFS charities in the UK and is secretary of the All Party Partliamentary Group on ME, asked this question:
“To ask Her Majesty Government's whether the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyeltis service at the Royal Free Hospital has been instructed to return all CFS/ME patients to community mental health teams in Camden, Islington, Haringey and Enfield; whether the community teams have the resources to treat those patients; whether the action is in line with the report to the Chief Medical Office on ME/CFS of 2002 or NICE guidelines on ME/CFS; and what action they propose to take to ensure ME/CFS patients are treated in accordance with current guidance.”
The briefest of written answers was provided yesterday (December 16) by Baroness Thornton, who frequently speaks for the Government in the Lords on health matters.
Baroness Thornton replied: “This is a matter for the local National Health Service”.