Parliamentary Question | call for independent inquiry into ME | 15 January 2013


Government minister: “…the Department acknowledges that services have not always been sensitive to the needs of people with chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME)…”


David Anderson MP (Labour, Blaydon) tabled a question asking the Secretary of State for Health if he would commission an independent inquiry into UK Government policy on, and matters concerning, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.

In a written answer supplied on 15 January 2013, the Coalition’s Minister of State for Care and Support Norman Lamb (Lib Dem) replied:

We have no plans to commission an independent inquiry on this matter. However, the Department acknowledges that services have not always been sensitive to the needs of people with chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME).

The Health and Social Care Act (2012) sets out a range of reforms that will improve outcomes, improve access to services and give people, including those with CFS/ME, more choice and control over the services they receive.

People with CFS/ME should be involved in decisions about their care and we expect NHS professionals to ensure that they fully involve patients and their family and carers to enable them to be part of that decision-making process.

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