28 November 2011
David McIlveen, a Member of the Northern Ireland Legislative Assembly, has asked Edwin Poots, Northern Ireland's health minister, how much his Department has spent on (i) the treatment of; and (ii) research on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis in each of the last five years.
In a response recorded in the written answers booklet, published by on Friday, Mr Poots said:
"Information is not available for the cost of specific treatment for people living with M.E. Patients suffering from M.E. are treated, for the most part, by their general practitioners; however, patients (both adults and children) have access to a wide range of care and support services in primary, secondary and community settings, including specialist medical, paediatric, neurology and mental health services in common with other patients.
"My Department has made no research funding available in the last five years for M.E."
© Northern Ireland Assembly Commission 2011
Alerted to us by political monitoring service DeHavilland.
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