Archive for October, 2008

Documents, NICE CFS/ME Judicial Review: M Williams

Posted in 25% ME Group, CBT/GET, Judicial Review, ME Association, ME in the media, NICE CFS/ME guideline, Prof Peter White, Prof Simon Wessely, UNUM on October 31, 2008 by meagenda

Margaret Williams has issued a series of documents created specifically for the NICE Judicial Review. These are being circulated by Stephen Ralph and are also available from the MEActionUK website.

Stephen Ralph has created a page for all Judicial Review documents and this can be found on a button at the top of the main page of

Alternatively you can find the page directly by clicking on this link:

Please note that there is some duplication of documents already published.

Document 1:  

Background information and illustrations of evidence that CBT cannot improve ME/CFS which NICE disregarded

Margaret Williams 25 July 2008

Document 2:

Evidence that the Guideline Development Group that produced the NICE Guideline on CFS/ME (C53) failed to fulfil its remit

(particularly in relation to the potential dangers of graded exercise therapy)

Margaret Williams 7 July 2008

Document 3:  

Evidence of cardiovascular problems in ME/CFS that NICE disregarded

Margaret Williams 4 August 2008

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NICE Guideline on “CFS/ME”: Date for Hearing of Judicial Review

Posted in CBT/GET, Judicial Review, NICE CFS/ME guideline, Prof Peter White, Prof Simon Wessely on October 30, 2008 by meagenda

Margaret Williams has announced a Hearing listing for the Judicial Review of the NICE Guideline on “CFS/ME”.

Read ME UK Events and ME agenda has no connection with the legal cases – please address all enquiries concerning the Judicial Review to the legal team representing the Fraser/Short case and the legal representives for the ONE CLICK case or to the High Court, where appropriate. Enquiries relating to the content of this article by Margaret Williams should be directed to Stephen Ralph of MEactionUK

For a document setting out what a Judicial Review is, what it is not and how it works see:

An unoffical site has been set up for supporters of the NICE CFS/ME Judicial Review, for information and updates for those planning to attend the hearing and for those able to offer assistance with arrangements and publicity. The site can be found here:

“This [NICE Judicial Review] is undoubtedly a high profile case. At the preliminary Hearing in June, there was standing room only. The Hearing is listed for 11th-12th February 2009. High Court officials are now busy rearranging the Court venue in order to ensure not only disabled access and facilities, but also to accommodate the coach-loads of people from the UK ME/CFS community who are expected to turn up to witness what will undoubtedly be a landmark legal action that will have global ramifications.” M Williams

Prejudice-based Medicine?

Reasons for Judicial Review of the NICE Guideline on “CFS/ME”

by Margaret Williams

27th October 2008

The full article by Margaret Williams can be read on MEActionUK

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