Action for M.E. works to inspire action in order to end the ignorance, injustice and neglect experienced by people with M.E. One element of this is our work in parliament, which consists of engaging directly with parliamentarians, providing written evidence, and collaborating with other organisations. In doing so, we aim to facilitate more influence and create a better understanding of M.E. among policymakers.
Action for M.E. frequently responds to government consultations in order to highlight how proposed policy changes would impact on people with M.E. Some of our recent responses have been submitted to:
When responding to consultations we draw on a range of evidence from our previous reports, professionals, and people with M.E. and their carers. We often call for evidence through surveys or case studies, which can be instrumental in forming our responses.
Keep an eye on our news page for current opportunities to contribute evidence and feed into our responses.
We engage with parliamentarians throughout the UK, and support them to raise the profile of M.E. in Westminster, Holyrood, Stormont and the Senedd. As a result, a number of questions have been asked that highlight how ongoing government work impacts people affected by M.E.
Some recent questions have been asked by:
Action for M.E. is a member of Forward M.E., a House of Lords-led group convened by the Countess of Mar with the aim of promoting effective joint working to maximise impact on behalf of people with M.E. in the UK.
Recently, the group published a joint statement on the draft of the 11th edition of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11), and continue to meet regularly with key decision-makers in the health and social care sectors.
Minutes of meetings and further details about the group can be found on the Forward M.E. website.
The APPG on M.E. aims to improve the lives of people with M.E. by working collaboratively to stimulate greater understanding and awareness of the illness, and tackling key policy areas to improve outcomes for people affected by M.E.
In the 2015-2017 parliament, the APPG produced a resource for MPs, Supporting your constituent with M.E. The Group has also been collecting evidence and testimonies on access to social care for people with M.E.
You can read notes and minutes from APPG meetings by clicking on the links below.