UK Minister of State confirms ME and CFS are not the same.

Norman Lamb, UK Minister of State for Care and Suport,  has written to me. His letter contains the following clarification  :

"The use of the composite term "CFS/ME" is not intended to imply unanimity of aetiology of conditions covered by the term, or indeed to suggest that all conditions which fall within the scope of this term are equal in terms of severity of impact. The use of an umbrella term is also not intended to imply that fatigue syndrome and myalgic encephalomyelitis are equivalent "

He also stresses that "The Department of Health classes CFS/ME as a chronic neurological condition and we are clear that CFS/ME is a chronic illness and health and social care professionals should manage it as such."


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