The (Welsh) Health Minister Comments On Covid-19, ME, Rehabilitation & NICE


From The Welsh Association of ME & CFS Support (WAMES).


The Health Minister Vaughan Gething has replied to the letter WAMES sent to him on International ME Awareness Day highlighting the links between Covid-19, PVFS and ME, and requesting a combined strategy for care.  We note that the forthcoming guidance on rehabilitation “will not be condition specific” so WAMES will be ensuring rehabilitation practitioners are informed about the dangers of exercise intolerance for people with ME, PVFS and potentially Covid-19 survivors.

4 June 2020

Dear Jan,

Thank you for your letter of 13 May regarding the care for people with COVID-19 and ME, and calling for a strategy to recognise and treat illnesses triggered by all viruses. I note this letter was also issued to Andrew Goodall. [DG of NHS Wales]

The Welsh Government recognises the important role that effective rehabilitation has in reducing the physical, psychological, emotional, social and economic impacts of both COVID-19 and non COVID-19 related illness. That is why we are developing national guidance to assist service planning for the anticipated demand for rehabilitation and recovery of both COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 populations in adults and children.


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