AfME Statement: Legal action against NICE

AfME News
Legal action against NICE

21 November 2007

There have been stories in the media about a possible legal challenge to the NICE guidelines. Action for M.E believes this challenge is misguided and will not be supporting it.

Action for M.E.’s position regarding the NICE guidelines was published in the News section of our website in August and in the September issue of our magazine, InterAction. No guidelines are perfect but overall this document represents an important opportunity to drive forward improvements in NHS services so long as the right training is given to healthcare professionals, especially GPs.

Action for M.E. believes that most effective way to improve the quality of care for people with M.E. is to engage in a critical partnership with the NHS, bringing the patients’ voice to the heart of NHS commissioning and service delivery.

We shall monitor the implementation of the guidelines closely and at the same time we shall continue to campaign for more money to be spent on research into the aetiology and pathogenesis of the illness.