June 14, 2016
This week, two written parliamentary questions have been answered on M.E. The first was tabled by Alex Cunningham MP, and arose as a result of Mr Cunningham attending the recent APPG on M.E.’s awareness-raising drop-in session on M.E. He asked the Secretary of State for Health “what steps his Department is taking to address barriers faced by people with M.E. in accessing care and support; and if he will make a statement.”
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Public Health, Jane Ellison MP, answered the question, stating that commissioning services for people with M.E. was a “local matter” supported by NICE guidelines on M.E. She went on to outline the treatments available for M.E., emphasising the need to take patients’ preferences into account.
The second question, tabled by Kate Green MP, asked the Health Secretary “what steps he is taking to ensure that training in the diagnosis and treatment of M.E. forms part of medical students’ training.” This question was answered by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Quality, Ben Gummer MP. He highlighted the various responsibilities of the General Medical Council, higher education institutions teaching medicine, the Royal Colleges of Nursing, General Practitioners and Surgeons, and Health Education England, in ensuring that “newly qualified healthcare professionals are equipped with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to provide high quality patient care.”