Maree Todd MSP, Minister for Public Health, Women's Health and Sport:
"I welcome the report of this Scottish stakeholder review of the NICE guideline on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), which was commissioned by Scottish Government and carried out by an independent provider. The publication is an important step towards recognising the views and voices of people affected by ME/CFS and those who care for and support them. I'm grateful to all those who contributed their time and energy to this review."
"One of the main findings of this report is that there is a visible commitment to supporting the key changes within the NICE guideline, to help end the scepticism and disbelief. It is noted in the NICE guideline that "people with ME/CFS may have experienced prejudice and disbelief and could feel stigmatised by people (including family, friends, health and social care professionals, and teachers) who do not understand their illness."
"I want this stigma and disbelief to end. The Scottish Government is fully supportive of the NICE guideline, and the accompanying implementation statement. We have also written to health boards and those providing medical education to highlight the key changes within the NICE guideline. We will continue to work to raise awareness on the condition and ensure the Scottish guidance is updated to reflect these changes."
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