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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Volume 467: debated on Tuesday 13 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many GPs have received specialist training on chronic fatigue syndrome; (163142)

(2) what the average number of GP visits made by patients was before being diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome over the last five years;

(3) what steps his Department is taking to develop statistical and qualitative data on the life experiences and employment histories of people suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome;

(4) how many specialist care and treatment facilities for chronic fatigue syndrome are provided by the NHS in each region.

Information on the number of general practitioners (GPs) who have received specialist training for chronic fatigue syndrome is not collected.

Information on the average number of GP visits made by patients before being diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome is not collected.

We have no plans to develop such statistical and qualitative data.

The number of specialist care and treatment facilities for chronic fatigue syndrome is not collected centrally.