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NICE Guidelines – update on the legal challenge

Saturday 14 February 2009

National Institute for Health and Clinical ExcellenceThe legal challenge to the NICE Guidelines in the UK has been relatively prominent in the press recently.

Scotland’s The Herald reports:

“A former violinist for the Scottish Philharmonic Orchestra launched a High Court battle yesterday to change the 'perverse and irrational' guidance given to doctors who treat ME sufferers.

Douglas Fraser, a former professional concert musician, along with Kevin Short, a university graduate and engineer, want a judicial review of the guidelines given to doctors for the treatment of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), or chronic fatigue syndrome, which affects an estimated 250,000 people in the UK.

They believe they should focus on medical treatment for the condition as well as the therapies advised by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice).”

The Herald: Two ME sufferers challenge ‘perverse’ guidance given to doctors

And The Shields Gazette reports:

“SOUTH Tyneside sufferers of a debilitating condition hope a legal challenge will lead to the re-writing of guidance on their treatment.

Medical guidelines on the diagnosis and management of myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) are being challenged in a judicial review at the High Court, in a case due to start today.

The case against the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) has been brought by ME sufferers Kevin Short, from Norfolk, and Douglas Fraser, from London.

They are set to argue that the guidance fails to offer any significant help to severely affected sufferers, or to acknowledge the range or severity of the physical problems caused by ME.

The judicial review could lead to the existing advice, published in August 2007, being withdrawn.”

The Shields Gazette: ME sufferers await landmark judgement



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