Dr Myhill has complained to the GMC about the PACE authors

Dr Sarah MyhillThe GMC is the UK doctor’s regulatory authority – the General Medical Council. Patient support is sought from all patients who feel they have been harmed by PACE. You do not have to be a UK citizen.

PACE is the study ‘Comparison of adaptive pacing therapy, cognitive behaviour therapy, graded exercise therapy, and specialist medical care for chronic fatigue syndrome (PACE): a randomised trial. (2011)’, published in The Lancet.

SEVEN other medical doctors are supporting this complaint but wish to remain anonymous – they are concerned about the impact of such “whistle-blowing” on their future careers within and without the NHS.

Read the letter of complaint.

The complaint is one of Fraud, namely:

  • fraud by false representation
  • fraud by failing to disclose information
  • fraud by abuse of position

There are also numerous breaches of:

  • GMC Guidance on Good Medical Practice
  • GMC Guidance on Good Practice in Research
  • GMC Guidance on Consent to Research

Dr Myhill is asking for your help.

Please read the letter of complaint and also the ‘PACE patient support letter’.

Dr Myhill requests your help:

Dr Myhill wants people who have been harmed by PACE to write in support of this complaint. You could have been harmed in any of these ways and possibly others too:

  • suffered damage (including physical, mental or emotional distress) as a result of CBT
  • suffered damage (including physical mental or emotional distress) as a result of GET
  • been denied disability benefits because the physical nature of your disease has not been properly recognised and/or you have been told you have a psychological condition.
  • have been denied industrial compensation for your disease because the physical nature of your disease has not been properly recognised and/or you have been told you have a psychological condition.
  • have been denied referral or funding for referral to a physician specialising in the biomedical approach to treating CFS/ME. You do NOT have to have been diagnosed or have fallen ill with CFS/ME after PACE was published [March 2011] to support this complaint. So, for example if you were diagnosed/fell ill in 1980, but have recently been refused benefits as a result of PACE [for example, for not engaging in CBT or because your illness was considered psychological) or maybe you have suffered mental distress as a result of PACE (for example, benefit applications were more stressful because your illness was considered psychological) then you CAN support this complaint. It will help our case to have as many support letters as possible.If you feel you have even the smallest ‘case’ for inclusion then please do submit a letter of support – it is incumbent on the GMC to prove that you have not been so affected, not for you to prove that you have!

Please do email if you are in doubt or need help phrasing why you have been harmed by PACE. Please be patient – we will respond as quickly as possible. cr648@hotmail.co.uk

Just put your reasons for supporting this complaint in the relevant section in the template letter ‘PACE patient support letter’ and fill in any other portions that need filling in and

Send to:

  • email it to TStephenson@gmc-uk..org – Sir Terence Stephenson is the
    Chair of the GMC
  • if you can, please send your letter by post too:
    Sir Terence Stephenson
    General Medical Council
    Fitness to Practise Directorate
    3 Hardman Street
    Manchester, M3 3AW
  • if you feel comfortable with doing so, please can you copy your letter
    of support to Dr Myhill at cr648@hotmail.co.uk

More information: My Complaint to the GMC about the PACE authors

See also: Medical Abuse In ME Sufferers – a campaign to get a Public Inquiry into the abuse of ME sufferers

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