Parliamentary Answer | minister responds to question about the next ICD listing for ME/CFS | 8 March 2017

The Countess of Mar, who chairs the Forward-ME Group of ME/CFS charities, tabled this written question on February 27:

“To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ask the Joint Task Force responsible for overseeing the finalisation of the World Health Organisation International Classification of Disease ICD–11 to release, as a matter of urgency, the proposals of the Neurology Topic Advisory Group (Neurology TAG) for the classification of the ICD–10 G93.3 legacy terms for ICD–11.”

It was answered by health minster Lord O’Shaughnessy yesterday (March 7) in the following, rather confusing terms:

“NHS Digital has advised that its officials have discussed this matter with their counterparts at the World Health Organization (WHO). The WHO has confirmed that the latest version of the 11th Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) includes the Topic Advisory Group for Neurology’s proposals.

“The WHO has also confirmed that the proposal submitted for chronic fatigue is currently with the relevant groups of the organisation to consider the scientifically-based placement of this condition in the classification. This will be included in the next version of ICD-11 to be released on 4 April 2017 for field testing.”

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