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Mental Health Services

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN HL6990, tabled on 17 April 2018

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to replace the phrase "medically unexplained symptoms" in the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme guidance if the World Health Organization decides it will no longer use this term; and if so, what terminology will be used instead.

Answered on

1 May 2018

NHS England advises that, should the World Health Organization replace the phrase “medically unexplained symptoms” with an alternative phrase, it would make an assessment at that time as to whether, when and how to implement any change.

Currently NHS England has not been made aware of any intended change to the current phrase by the World Health Organization.