Application: Court hearing, JR 17 June 2008  



Tuesday 17 June, 2008

Not before 2 o’clock

CO/10435/2007 The Queen on the application of B v National Institute For Health And Clinical Excellence

CO/10408/2007 The Queen on the application of Fraser v National Institute For Health And Clinical Excellence


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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