An open letter to the Secretary of State for Health, regarding the JCPMH MUS Report.
On Feb 9th 2017,the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Royal College of General Practitioners published "Guidance for Commissioners of services for people with medically unexplained symptoms – practical mental health commissioning" (Joint Commissioning Panel for Mental Health), specifically listing Myalgic Encephalomyelitis as a "Functional Somatic Disorder", in other words a mental disorder. On Feb 20th, I wrote to the Royal College of Psychiatrists stressing how Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) is not a mental disorder. It has been recognised by the World Health Organisation since 1969 as an organic neurological disease, classified under ICD code G93.3. In November 1987 ME was recognised as an organic disease by the Department of Health (Hansard: 27th November 1987:353). The CMO report of 2002 described ME as a "genuine illness" which,"imposes a substantial burden on the health of the UK population." On Nov 20 2012 the Countess of