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Adjournment debate

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Liberal Democrat MP Annette Brooke led an adjournment debate on ME (Myalgic Encephalopathy) on 23 February 2010.

Ms Brooke called for the establishment of "an independent scientific committee to oversee all aspects of ME research", urging ministers to work to "achieve a proper understanding of the condition, challenge unjust perceptions and consider the issue of research funding".

She argued that current guidelines set out by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) "fail to recognise the needs of ME suffers".

Responding for the government, Health Minister Gillian Merron told MPs: "It is clear to me that people with ME need and deserve better services, and over the past few years we have sought to address those concerns."

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