Chronic fatigue patients ‘neglected by NHS’

Chronic Fatigue Patients are NeglectedPatients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) are still suffering from neglect within the NHS despite initiatives aimed at improving services for those with the condition, according to a new report.

A survey of services for the estimated 250,000 people in the UK with ME – myalgic encephalomyelitis – or CFS – has shown more than a quarter of primary care trusts (PCTs) do not commission specialist secondary care for people with the condition.

Less than a quarter of the trusts said they provided home visits for ME patients who are too disabled to travel.

The statistics were compiled by the charity Action for ME using Freedom of Information requests to 151 PCTs in England, 14 health boards in Scotland, seven health boards in Wales and five local commissioning groups in Northern Ireland.

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