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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Question for Department of Health

UIN HL2860, tabled on 2 November 2017

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether patients with myalgic encephalomyelitis or chronic fatigue syndrome are offered the choice of taking part in a telephone or Skype consultation when they are too ill to travel; whether this policy applies to all hospitals; and if not, why not.

Answered on

14 November 2017

The commissioning of services for patients with chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) is a local matter. The current National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance on CFS/ME advises that healthcare professionals should provide diagnostic and therapeutic options to patients that reflect their needs and preferences. This may include providing services in a patient’s home or using telephone or email to contact. Such approaches may also include Skype consultations where available and appropriate.

On 20 September 2017, NICE announced plans to undertake a full review of the guidance.