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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Question for Department of Health

UIN HL2945, tabled on 6 November 2017

To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the BMJ best practice guidance on chronic fatigue syndrome published in July, whether there are any National Health Service tests available for autoimmune and metabolic dysfunction.

Answered on

20 November 2017

Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are responsible for commissioning many healthcare services to meet the needs and requirements of their local population, including those for people with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). In doing so, CCGs will commission services that reflect the needs of local people and that support improvements in health and healthcare outcomes.

The current National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance on ME/CFS does not recommend routine autoimmune or metabolic testing but advises that diagnosis should be made after all other possible diagnoses have been excluded. Shared decision making should take place during diagnosis and all phases of care between the person with ME/CFS and healthcare professionals.

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