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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department plans to take to ensure that the recommendations for research into myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome in the new National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines are met, with particular reference to the (a) causes of the illness, (b) effectiveness of intervention strategies and (c) efficient ways to deliver domiciliary care for people who are severely affected.
Research recommendations made in National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines are considered on behalf of the Department by the National Institute for Health Research Health Technology Assessment programme (HTA). The director of the HTA programme meets annually with NICE for this purpose. The next of these joint meetings will be held in September.