Parliamentary Question: DWP and ATOS benefits guidance for ME, 17 May 2011

In a written question, Mrs Annette Brooke, acting chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on ME, asked the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to carry out a review of the guidance offered to staff who carry out Employment and Support Allowance assessments for people with ME.

Mrs Brooke, the Liberal Democrat MP for Mid Dorset and North Poole, asked the Work and Pensions Secretary to initiate a review of the guidance on ME provided to new and existing assessors and other staff in both his Department and at ATOS Healthcare, who have the contract to provide medical assessments for the benefit.

In his answer on 17 May 2011, Minister of State for Employment Chris Grayling replied:

Guidance on chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis is already kept under regular review. The guidance for decision-makers is updated in light of relevant developments. For Atos health care professionals there are a range of training and information products which are reviewed on an ongoing regular basis, such as a learning set which is reviewed annually.

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