Questions regarding ME

As the CFS Clinic in the Belfast City Hospital has closed, what provision is being made in the health service for adults, adolescents and children with ME?

What are the health committee doing to develop the specialist knowledge here in NI that all doctors/therapists require to treat people with ME (including GP’s)?

How many doctors here have training in ME?

Whilst the Dept of Health has suggested sufferers can seek referral to mainland UK for specialist treatment, how much money will it cost to send 7,000 sufferers to the UK for specialist treatment?

Where will this money come from, given the recent mention of cutbacks to services?

The Belfast Trust said small numbers attended the CFS Clinic, why then was there a waiting list and how long was that waiting list?

The Dept of Health has stated that patients would receive treatment “ranging from primary and community care to specialist regional neurology services, depending on their assessed individual needs”. If that is the case and none of the doctors at each of these services have training/knowledge of ME – what hope have patients with ME got of appropriate treatment?

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