Below is what some in the government think of CFS/ME
Referring to the UK experience, Ziauddin Sardar questioned how a psychiatrist such as Simon Wessely, who “denies the existence of Gulf war syndrome … and ME”, has “come to occupy a key position in our socio-medical order. …
who has chosen and vetted him for that post, and by what criteria and procedures? Where is the debate over the shaping of such research?
When will we recognise that health and disease are complex entities, where no single expertise is definitive? And when will we have the first officially sponsored study of such a problem which the sufferers do not have the occasion to call a whitewash?”
The 2006 report by the UK Parliamentary Group on Scientific Research into Myalgic Encephalomyelitis stated that, “CFS/ME..is defined as a psychosocial illness by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and medical insurance companies. Therefore claimants are not entitled to the higher level of benefit payments.
We recognise that if CFS/ME..remains as one illness and/or both remain defined as psychosocial then it would be in the financial interest of both the DWP and the medical insurance companies.”
The Group called for investigation of what they called, “numerous cases where advisors to the DWP have also had consultancy roles in medical insurance companies. Particularly the Company UNUMProvident.
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