#MEAction blog post, 17 January 2019: Take Action Now! The UK debate on ME has been granted
This debate has been confirmed by the Backbench Business Committee and will take place in the Main Chamber. Carol Monaghan has been pushing for a Main Chamber debate since the success of her previous debates. These have both been debated in Westminster Hall focussing on the PACE trial and biomedical research and treatments of ME. Each debate has attracted increasing interest, understanding and support from MPs across the political spectrum and we need to make sure this debate is the best so far!
Now is when the ME community must come into its own urging MPs to attend the debate and vote. It is the power of the grassroots that has built so much interest and attention from MPs. Take action now!
The motion is as follows:
“That this House calls on the Government to provide increased funding for biomedical research into 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 they are equipped with clear guidance on 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”.
Carol Monaghan MP made her application for the debate on 30th October 2018 supported by Nicky Morgan MP, Steve Pound MP and Kelvin Hopkins MP. You can read our summary and watch the 10 minute application here. Or read the full transcript from Hansard here (starts at Q11).
The rate at which MPs are engaging with ME is hugely exciting. Thank you to everyone who has already contacted their MP to explain how ME has affected your life and how you need immediate change. By sharing your experience a growing number of MPs are gaining confidence to speak out on your behalf.
#MEAction UK has also produced a parlimentary briefing for MPs. Feel free to use it when you contact your MP!
The 2018 campaign briefing for AMs will also provide an overview of the ME situation in Wales for Welsh MPs.