Parliamentary Question | guidance to paediatricians about The Lightning Process | 13 December 2012

The Countess of Mar tabled a question about the Lighting Process. She asked the Government whether, in the light of the finding by the Advertising Standards Authority that claims about the use of the Lightning Process (LP) were misleading, they have issued guidance to NHS paediatricians regarding the advice they give to patients about LP?

In his written answer on 13 December 2012, Lord Howe (Parliamentary Under Secretary at the Department of Health) replied:

The Department has not issued guidance. We expect decision on clinical interventions to be made by front-line clinicians. In making such decisions, clinicians will take into account evidence for the safety and clinical and cost-effectiveness of the treatment concerned.

Through National Health Service evidence and guidance issued by professional associations, clinicians have access to evidence-based guidance on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.

Advertising Standards Authority ruling on complaint about the Lightning Process (22 August 2012)

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