Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (670, 741, 879)

Brendan Griffin

Question:

670. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Health if fibromyalgia will be recognised as a disability (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13075/19]

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Clare Daly

Question:

741. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health the steps he will take to ensure fibromyalgia is classified as a disability. [13333/19]

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Lisa Chambers

Question:

879. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Health his plans to classify fibromyalgia as a form of disability; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13832/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 670, 741 and 879 together.

Fibromyalgia is a syndrome associated with wide-spread pain and fatigue. It is labelled a syndrome as fibromyalgia is a collection of signs, symptoms and medical problems that tend to occur together but are not related to a specific, identifiable cause. Fibromyalgia is not classified as a disability and there are currently no plans for the reclassification of fibromyalgia.