“Hospital Booklet” Information for hospital staff regarding treatment of patients with M.E. (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis). If anyone would like a hardcopy, let us know and we’ll send you one.
We have also produced a form letter for you to send to your MP.
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“Saying No Can Be Positive” empowers sufferers who wish to refuse psychological therapies.
|The National Archive Document BN141/1
This document, called the DWP file (Department of Work & Pensions) is 235 pages long and consists mainly of correspondence from the early 1990s. It was released into the public domain in April 2012 after a successful FOI request (Freedom of Information).
NB: Unfortunately, this document is backwards chronologically, so you might have to start on the last page and work your way forward!
Much of the file is correspondence pertaining to a state benefit, Disability Living Allowance, in the early 1990s. Various M.E. patient groups are shown to be unhappy with the medical explanation of M.E. in the DLA handbook and are pressing to have the entry changed to a more physical, neurological one.
This file demonstrates that some Government Ministers were aware of biomedical evidence of M.E. (mainly pertaining to muscle damage) yet they were ultimately influenced by the psychosocial thinking of certain doctors. The Government was reminded of how much money they might save by rejecting the belief that M.E. is a neurological illness with possible lifelong disability.
The Government was ready to make M.E. separate from other chronic fatigue syndromes by classifying M.E. as neurological in the DLA Handbook (Disability Living Allowance). But just as it seemed ready to do this, it appears to do a U-turn and keep M.E. under the general heading chronic fatigue syndromes, where the description of M.E. is open (sadly and incorrectly) to a psychological interpretation.
Pages of particular interest are pages 5; 15-16; 17-18; 27; 95; 163-167; and 235.
NB: The Crown Copyright instructions on page 1.
STATEMENT ON THE UK CFS/ME RESEARCH COLLABORATIVE (in existence since April 2013)
The Grace Charity for M.E. is not in agreement with the setting up of the recently appointed organisation, the UK CFS/ME Research Collaborative (CMRC).
Those representing the truth of M.E. (i.e. the biomedical perspective) cannot ‘work alongside’ those representing the mistruths of M.E. (i.e. the biopsychosocial perspective). There is no compromised position to be found between these two opposed views because compromise means to have something in common. How can the truth of M.E. as an organic illness with real pathology, find any common ground with those who believe it is an illness caused/perpetuated by wrong psychological beliefs and cured by CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and GET (Graded Exercise Therapy)?
A similar approach with attempting to find ‘common ground’ was tried in 1998-2002 with the Chief Medical Officer’s Report. Proponants of both the biomedical and biopsychosocial perspectives were on the Key and Reference Groups. What resulted from the CMO’s Report was the setting up of CFS/ME ‘clinics’ from a biopsychosocial perspective, offering CBT and GET; some were (and still are) clearly in the Mental Health section of hospitals. These ‘clinics‘ were a tragedy for the truth of M.E. and dashed the hopes of many M.E. sufferers and their families.
In addition, the recent UK CFS/ME Research Collaborative may give an appearance of condoning the biopsychosocial group and giving them unmerited credence.