The Department of Work and Pensions has updated its evidence-based protocol on M.E. for healthcare professionals carrying our Work Capability Assessments.
The new guidance, which the DWP has made freely available, highlights:
Post-exertional malaise and its impact, stating that worsening of symptoms after many forms of physical or mental exertion is a very characteristic feature.
Levels of severity, including that people with severe M.E. “are unable to do any activity for themselves, or can carry out minimal daily tasks only.
That disabling effects of CFS/ME in individuals are variable and both physical and cognitive problems may be seen.
Updating of the protocol was carried out by Dr Alastair Miller in consultation with Prof Julia Newton.