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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Volume 508: debated on Wednesday 24 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent steps his Department has taken to assist specialist services for (a) myalgic encephalomyelitis and encephalopathy and (b) chronic fatigue syndrome; and if he will make a statement. (323128)

The Government made available £8.5 million funding for two years in 2004-05 and 2005-06 to set establish specialist centres and local multi-disciplinary teams to support the development of specialist chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) services and improve clinical care. Funding has now been added to primary care trust baseline allocations.

It is the responsibility of local health bodies, which have a comprehensive knowledge of their local populations, to commission services for people with CFS/ME, taking into account the resources they have available, the needs of their wider population, and available guidance on best practice.