UK Parliament Written Question & Answers: CFS

1. Question from Alex Norrie MP, Labour, Nottingham North

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much Government funding has been provided to ME research in each of the last three years. [UIN 38397, tabled on 22 July 2021]

Answer from Edward Argar MP, Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The following table shows the funding for research into myalgic encephalomyelitis through the National Institute for Health Research and UK Research and Innovation in the last three years.

Financial Year   Pounds
2018-19                   862,212
2019-20                   691,516
2020-21                   907,848

[Source: UK House of Commons, September 6, 2021]

2. Question from Janet Daby MP, Labour, Lewisham East

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made a recent assessment of the potential merits of increasing funding for research into ME and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.  [UIN 41247, tabled on 18 August 2021]

Answer from Edward Argar MP, Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The Government invests in health research through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and the Medical Research Council (MRC), through UK Research and Innovation. The NIHR and MRC both welcome high-quality applications for research into all aspects of myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), otherwise known as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).

No assessment has been made of the merits of increasing funding for research into ME/CFS. While it is not usual practice for the NIHR and MRC to ring-fence funds for particular topics or conditions, the MRC has had a cross-board highlight notice on CFS/ME open since 2003.

[Source: UK House of Commons, September 6, 2021]

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