Ian Swales, Lib Dem MP for Redcar, tabled a question about the accuracy of the WHO classification for ME/CFS which was contained in the reply given by Minister for Health Care Services Paul Burstow to his Private Member’s Debate in Westminster Hall on 2 February 2011.
Mr Swales asked the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Minister of State’s contribution on 4 February 2011 [sic], Official Report, column 327WH, on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, what recent representations his Department has received on the definition of CFS/ME.
In a written reply on 16 February, Mr Burstow replied:
The Department has received, and continues to receive, a large volume of correspondence from stakeholders, and those living with this condition, on the definition and naming of chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME).
The World Health Organisation classes benign myalgic encephalomyelitis and post viral fatigue syndrome under the same classification G93.3 ‘diseases of the nervous system’; subheading ‘other disorders of the brain’.
The report of the CFS/ME Working Group to-the Chief Medical Officer, in January in 2002, suggested that the composite term CFS/ME be used as an umbrella term for this condition, or spectrum of disease. This term is also used by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence for their clinical guidelines.