UK Parliament Commons Chamber debate 24th January 2019

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Appropriate M.E. Treatment Debate. UK Parliament, Jan 24th 2019.

Carol Monaghan MP organized a Backbench debate in the UK parliament to discuss the appropriate diagnosis and treatment for ME/CFS patients, and the lack of biomedical research funding.[1][2] It followed on two debates in 2018 and introduced a motion on "Appropriate ME Treatment", which passed unanimously.

Appropriate M.E. Treatment Motion[edit | edit source]

The motion debated was;

Appropriate ME Treatment

That this House calls on the Government to provide increased funding for biomedical research for the diagnosis and treatment of ME, supports the suspension of Graded Exercise Therapy and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy as means of treatment, supports updated training of GPs and medical professionals to ensure that they are equipped with clear guidance on the diagnosis of ME and appropriate management advice to reflect international consensus on best practice, and is concerned about the current trends of subjecting ME families to unjustified child protection procedures.

The motion was passed unanimously.[1][3][4]

Supporting MPs[edit | edit source]

Government representative[edit | edit source]

  • Steve Brine, Parliament Undersecretary of State for Health and Social Care (Conservative)

MPs who contributed[edit | edit source]

Other MPs in attendance[edit | edit source]

Over 40 MPs attended the debate, including the 27 MPs who spoke.[3]

News and commentary[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Hansard | UK Parliament (January 24, 2019). "Appropriate ME Treatment | 24 January 2019 Volume 653". Retrieved January 25, 2019.
  2. UK Parliament (January 24, 2019). "Appropriate ME Treatment UK Parliament debate. Jan 24th 2019". YouTube | #MEAction UK.
  3. 3.0 3.1 #MEAction (January 25, 2019). "Historic Parliamentary Debate Shaped by People with ME". #MEAction. Retrieved January 26, 2019.
  4. UK Parliament (January 2019). "Research briefing summary | Appropriate ME Treatment". Retrieved January 27, 2019.
  5. Tuller, David (January 28, 2018). "Trial By Error: Steve Brine's Troubling Claim in Parliamentary Debate on ME". Virology blog. Retrieved January 28, 2019.