NICE CFS/ME Guideline Judicial Review: Media coverage

Glasgow Herald | 16 March 2009 | Response

Response to “Charities angry as ME court challenge is blocked”, The Herald, March 14

Evidence shows exercise may not be best treatment for ME patients

by Helen Brownlie, Secretary, ScotME, Cambuslang, Glasgow

Read full article here

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BBC News | 14 March 2009

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“There is some degree of controversy over how ME should be treated”

ME pair lose NHS treatment appeal

Two ME patients have lost a High Court appeal against what they claimed was an “unfair and irrational” approach by the NHS to their condition.

The judicial review was brought by Kevin Short, from Norwich, and London-based Douglas Fraser.

They argued the NHS was wrong to place so much emphasis on psychological rather than medical therapies.

But a judge dismissed their allegations that current therapies were harmful to some with myalgic encephalomyelitis.  Read on

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Glasgow Herald | 14 March 2009 | by Jonathan Liew

Charities have condemned a court decision to throw out a bid by two ME sufferers to change guidance given to NHS doctors on treating the condition.

Douglas Fraser, a former violinist for the Scottish Philharmonic Orchestra, and Kevin Short, an engineer from Norfolk, argued that the guideline issued by Nice, the England and Wales NHS spending watchdog, unlawfully restricted the range of treatments available.

They claimed that decisions made by Nice were biased, or appeared to be biased, and that this was a view “shared across the ME community”.  Read on

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edp24 | 14 March 2009  |  by Sarah Brealey

Norfolk man losed ME treatment court battle

A graduate from Norwich and his fellow ME sufferer have lost their battle for different types of medical treatment to be available on the NHS.

Kevin Short, 47, a former engineer from Norwich, has had his complaints dismissed as misconceived by a High Court judge. He was fighting alongside Douglas Fraser, a former professional concert pianist from London.  Read on

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