In a letter from Ann Keen MP the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department of Health in 2009 she informed me that: “In October 2006, we launched the Musculoskeletal Services Framework, which sets out guidance to provide high quality and integrated services for people with musculoskeletal conditions, including fibromyalgia. The framework was developed in consultation with patients themselves, and with organisations representing them.

The framework aims to improve assessment, diagnosis and treatment for fibromyalgia and other musculoskeletal conditions. It encourages more support for people to manage their own conditions and get access to better information and advice. It also provides a clearer focus on the needs of children and their families, and sets an 18 – week target for referrals from GPs to the start of hospital treatment.