Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Department of Health written question – answered on 10th January 2018.

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Photo of David Drew David Drew Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that medical students are acquiring the basic clinical skills to make a diagnosis of ME/CFS.

Photo of Stephen Barclay Stephen Barclay Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The standard of medical training is the responsibility of the General Medical Council, which is an independent statutory body.

This includes setting the standards of education at undergraduate level and approving medical school curricula, which emphasise the skills and approaches that medical students and newly qualified doctors must develop in order to deal effectively with whatever is presented to them and ensure accurate and timely diagnoses and treatment plans for their patients.

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