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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Department of Health written question – answered on 23rd November 2016.

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Photo of Kelvin Hopkins Kelvin Hopkins Labour, Luton North

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the PACE trial, Pacing, graded Activity and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, if he will ask NICE and the NHS to revise their approach to treating myalgic encephalomyelitis to removing references to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Graded Exercise Therapy.

Photo of Nicola Blackwood Nicola Blackwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is an independent body and is responsible for ensuring that its guidance remains up to date. NICE has advised that it has brought forward the next review date for its guidance on the diagnosis and management of chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis from 2019 to 2017 to coincide with the expected publication of relevant new evidence.

NICE’s aim is to make a decision on whether an update of the guideline is required by the end of 2017.

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