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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-15528: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 21 March 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what guidance it has issued regarding training tor myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME).

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 17 April 2018

In 2010 the Scottish Government published a Scottish Good Practice Statement (SGPS) for GPs to ensure better and more consistent standards of care for ME/CFS. This was produced in wide consultation with NHS Scotland and is formally endorsed by the Royal College of General Practitioners (Scotland) and the Scottish Neuroscience Council, providing clear guidance for GPs about how ME/CFS care should be progressed.

In September 2017 the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) decided that they will update their guidelines on ME in order to reflect new evidence. We will follow the progress of this work closely, but any decision on reviewing the SGPS would need to be taken after the updated guidelines from NICE are published as they will be reviewing the most up to date clinical evidence available.