House of Commons Adjournment Debate update

From The ME Association

House of Commons Adjournment Debate update

The ME Association would like to thank everyone who has made use of our ‘letter to your MP’ that was inserted in the October issue of ME Essential magazine (and is still available to download from the MEA website) that asked for support for a House of Commons Adjournment Debate on ME/CFS.

The purpose of the parliamentary debate is to bring to wider public and parliamentary attention a wide range of issues that are of great concern to people with ME/CFS. In particular, the intention is to raise:

a  the absence of government funded biomedical research
b  the new NICE guideline
c  the new DWP guidance on medical assessments for DLA benefit assessment purposes
d  the threat of closure to existing NHS services
e  and the NHS Plus guidance on occupational health issues

There has been a very positive response from MPs so far and as a result we have some high profile support to add to this campaign.

We have now been informed by John Bercow MP, with whom we are working on the organisation of the debate, that the ballot for a debate in the week commencing 19th November has been entered.

The result of the ballot will be made known next Wednesday (14th November).

Further information will appear on the MEA website in due course.

Dr Charles Shepherd
MEA trustee