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GPs get support network for CFS management

The Government has set up 28 local teams throughout England to help GPs develop self-management initiatives for patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).

The move is an attempt to end the postcode lottery in services for CFS patients following a report by the Chief Medical Officer in January 2002 highlighting a lack of services for this group. The Department of Health also announced 12 new centres to support the local teams.

Led by CFS 'clinical champions', the centres will develop education and training for health professionals.

The 12 centres will be spread throughout the UK and are backed by an £8.5 million cash injection.

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