Barry Sheerman, Labour MP for Huddersfield, asked the Secretary of State for Health what steps his department were taking to improve access to diagnosis and treatment for people with myalgic encephalomyelitis.
In a written reply provided on 21 October, the coalition’s Minister of State for Health Norman Lamb (Lib Dem, North Norfolk) answered:
In 2007 the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) produced the clinical guidance, ‘Chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (or encephalopathy): Diagnosis and management of CFS/ME in adults and children.’
This guidance set out best practice on the diagnosis, treatment care and support of children and adults with CFS/ME. Information on CFS/ME diagnosis and treatment can also be accessed via the NHS Evidence and NICE Clinical Knowledge summaries websites.