House of Commons: Written answers: November 2007

From: Dr. Marc-Alexander FluksSource: UK House of Commons
Date: November 19, 2007

URL:
http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200708/cmhansrd/cm071119/text/71119w0020.htm
Ref: http://www.me-net.combidom.com/meweb/web1.4.htm#westminster

[Written Answers]

Incapacity Benefit: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
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Mr. Steen

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what consideration he has given to the recommendations of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence’s report on those with chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis when claiming incapacity benefit; and if he will make a statement. [165787]
 

Mrs. McGuire

The report of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence is about the way chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis is treated within the NHS.

Entitlement to incapacity benefit does not depend on a person’s diagnosis or on the treatment they are receiving. It depends on the effect their condition has on their ability to work. This is a fairer way than using criteria based on specific conditions or diagnoses, because the same condition can have very different disabling effects in different people.

The Department recognises chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis as a real and potentially very disabling condition. Each person claiming benefit is assessed on the basis of the way the condition affects them as an individual. The personal capability assessment for deciding entitlement to incapacity benefit looks at a range of activities relevant to  work, and assesses whether or not a person can carry them out reliably and safely, over a period of time.

As part of our welfare reform proposals we have reviewed and revised the personal capability assessment to ensure it is a robust and accurate assessment of limited capability for work. The revised assessment will be used to assess people claiming the new employment and support allowance, which will replace incapacity benefit for new customers.

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Source: UK House of Commons
Date: November 20, 2007
URL:
http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200708/cmhansrd/cm071120/text/71120w0035.htm
Ref: http://www.me-net.combidom.com/meweb/web1.4.htm#westminster
[Written Answers]

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Research
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Mr. Maude

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether Government funding for biomedical research in ME/chronic fatigue syndrome is ring-fenced. [164079]

Dawn Primarolo

The usual practice of the Department’s National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and of the Medical Research Council (MRC) is not to ring fence funds for expenditure on particular topics: research proposals in all areas compete for the funding available. Both organisations welcome applications for support into any aspect of human health and these are subject to peer review and judged in open competition, with awards being made on the basis of the scientific quality of the proposals made.

The research concerned with chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis that the MRC and the NIHR are currently funding has been subject to these transparent and rigorous processes.

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Source: UK House of Commons
Date: November 22, 2007

URL:
http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200708/cmhansrd/cm071122/text/71122w0017.htm
Ref: http://www.me-net.combidom.com/meweb/web1.4.htm#westminster
[Written Answers]

Social Security Benefits: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
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Mr. Steen

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what steps he is taking to implement the recommendations of the clinical guidelines of August 2007 by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence on Chronic Fatigue/Syndrome Myalgic Encephalomyelitis in relation to benefits applicants; [166949] (2) if he will review the questionnaire and medical examination process established by his Department for benefits applicants with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis in light of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence’s report of August 2007. [166950]

Mrs. McGuire

I refer the hon. Member to the written answer I gave him on 19 November 2007, Official Report, column 544w.

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Source: UK House of Commons
Date: November 22, 2007

URL:
http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200708/cmhansrd/cm071122/text/71122w0016.htm
Ref: http://www.me-net.combidom.com/meweb/web1.4.htm#westminster
[Written Answers]

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
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Mr. Steen

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance he has issued to Government departments on the effect of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence’s report of August 2007 on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis as it affects his Department’s responsibilities. [166951] Mrs. McGuire

No guidance has been issued. The report of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence is about the way chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis is treated within the NHS and has no implications for this Department’s responsibilities.

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Source: UK House of Commons
Date: November 22, 2007

URL:
http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200708/cmhansrd/cm071122/text/71122w0017.htm
Ref: http://www.me-net.combidom.com/meweb/web1.4.htm#westminster
[Written Answers]

Social Security Benefits: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
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Mr. Steen

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will review the Jobcentre Plus questionnaire Incapacity for Work (Form JB65) for those with Chronic Fatigue/Syndrome Myalgic Encephalomyelitis in light of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence’s report of August 2007. [166952]

Mrs. McGuire

The report of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is about the way chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis is treated within the NHS. The Department recognises chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis as a real and potentially very disabling condition. Each person claiming benefit is assessed on the basis of the way the condition affects them as an individual.

Jobcentre Plus has a number of forms for customers who claim Incapacity Benefit irrespective of their illness and/or their disability. Although there are no plans to review these forms as result of the NICE report, all forms/letters are reviewed annually.

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