HC Deb 11 March 2003 vol 401 c241W
Mr. Drew

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what help is available to diagnose and prevent people suffering from multiple clinical symptoms. [97044]

Ms Blears

General medical practitioners are the first point of contact for most people seeking help with symptoms of ill health, regardless of their number or cause. Decisions about treatment or onward referral are then taken in the light of an individualised assessment of needs, the evidence for effective treatment, the wishes of the patient and the resources available.