Press release: Judicial Review details

Ed: Please note that the Press release issued today does not refer to the ONE CLICK Judicial Review.

On 24 April, Margaret Williams wrote in:

Concerns about the RSM Conference on 28th April 2008 on “CFS”
“It will be known by some in the ME community that there is more than one application for Judicial Review of the NICE Guideline currently before the High Court in London.  One application for judicial review has been brought by two ME sufferers which is supported by expert evidence from Professor Malcolm Hooper and Dr William Weir. The individuals bringing the case are represented by a premier Public Law firm, Messrs Leigh Day & Co in London.  Leigh Day & Co are leaders in the field of claimant public law and recognised as having particular expertise in the field of health care, being ranked as number one in Chambers’ Directory (the contact being Jamie Beagent)…”

Press Release

Patients of a devastating illness, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.) have today welcomed the news that there is to be a hearing in the High Court in London on the 17th June to decide whether or not to grant permission for a Judicial Review of NICE guidelines on the illness which is sometimes referred to as CFS/ME.

NICE issued their Guideline for doctors in August last year amid protests from patients and medical researchers that they had not followed correct protocols in producing the Guideline. Patient groups fear that some patients could be pressured into accepting treatments which at best may be useless  and at worst could cause real harm.

The hearing will take place in the High Court at the Royal Courts of Justice on the Strand on 17 June 2008. The hearing is listed to last for half a day and Court will hear legal argument from lawyers representing two ME sufferers as well lawyers for NICE. The precise time and location of the Court room will be published on HM Courts Service website on the afternoon of 16 June:
For further information please contact Jamie Beagent at

Leigh Day & Co
Priory House
25 St John’s Lane
T 020 7650 1200
F 020 7253 4433
DX 53326 Clerkenwell


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