ME in Parliament: Written Answers: 26 June, 1 July, 7 July 09

ME in Parliament: Written Answers: 26 June, 1 July, 7 July 09

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As circulated by Dr Marc-Alexander Fluks

Source: UK House of Commons
Date: June 26, 2009
URL: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200809/cmhansrd/cm090626/text/90626w0012.htm
Ref: http://www.me-net.combidom.com/meweb/web1.4.htm#westminster

[Written Answers]

Business, Innovation and Skills – Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Lynne Jones

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the answer to the right hon. Member for Horsham of 21 April 2008, Official Report, column 1785W, on chronic fatigue syndrome: research, when the Medical Research Council plans to set up a panel of experts from different disciplines to look at the subtypes and causes of myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome. [281820]

Mr. Lammy

The Medical Research Council (MRC) set up in 2008 a panel of experts from different disciplines to look more closely at chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME). The group is reviewing the current research and will identify additional opportunities with the aim of stimulating further research into CFS/ME, in particular focusing on the causes of the condition. The MRC hopes that this will encourage new research towards understanding the aetiology and subtypes of CFS/ME and lead to an advancement of knowledge in this field and the development of new therapeutic approaches.

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Source: UK House of Commons
Date: July 1, 2009
URL: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200809/cmhansrd/cm090701/text/90701w0021.htm
Ref: http://www.me-net.combidom.com/meweb/web1.4.htm#westminster

[Written Answers]

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Mr. Greg Knight

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent assessment he has made of his Department’s guidelines for the treatment of myalgic encephalopathy compared to international best practice; [283105] (2) what recent representations he has received on the revision of treatment guidelines for myalgic encephalopathy issued to trusts by his Department. [283106]

Ann Keen

The Department has not issued guidelines for the treatment of myalgic encephalopathy. Guidelines for the diagnosis and management of chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis were published in 2007 by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. They would have responsibility for revising this guidance.

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Source: UK House of Commons
Date: July 7, 2009
URL: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200809/cmhansrd/cm090707/text/90707w0031.htm
Ref: http://www.me-net.combidom.com/meweb/web1.4.htm#westminster

[Written Answers]

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Lynne Jones

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 26 June 2009, Official Report, columns 1198-99W, on chronic fatigue syndrome, who the members of the panel of experts are; and how often it has (a) met and (b) reported on its findings. [283743]

Mr. Lammy

The membership of the expert group set up by the Medical Research Council is as follows:

Professor Jill Belch (Chair) – University of Dundee,
Professor Stephen Holgate – University of Southampton,
Dr. Esther Crawley – University of Bristol,
Professor Philip Cowen – University of Oxford,
Professor Malcolm Jackson – University of Liverpool,
Dr. Jonathan Kerr – St George’s University of London,
Professor Ian Kimber – University of Manchester,
Professor Hugh Perry – University of Southampton,
Dr. Derek Pheby – National CFS/ME Observatory,
Professor Anthony Pinching – Pennisula Medical School,
Dr. Charles Shepherd – ME Association,
Sir Peter Spencer – Action for ME,
Professor Peter White – Bart’s and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry.

The Expert Group has met twice, in December 2008 and March 2009. The notes of those meetings will be published  on the MRC website shortly, and will then be accessible to the public.

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Notes:

1] For Minutes of the December 08 meeting of the MRC “CFS/ME Expert Group” see previous posting: MRC Two day Research Workshop 19 and 20 November 2009: http://wp.me/p5foE-2bS

Minutes for the March 09  meeting have not yet been published.

2] The MRC “CFS/ME Expert Group” is chaired by Professor Stephen Holgate.

3] No Agenda or list of partipants has been issued for the two day MRC “CFS/ME Expert Group” scheduled for 19 – 20 November. I have submitted a request to the MRC for information under the FOIA for a copy of the Agenda, the list of participants and for clarification of whether the MRC “CFS/ME Expert Group” anticipates holding further meetings beyond the November workshop.

4] The NICE Guideline for CFS/ME (CG 53) is currently scheduled for review in August 2010.

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