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PRESS RELEASE:  MEDICAL RESEARCH COUNCIL

12th February 2010

 

A formal complaint has been lodged by Professor Malcolm Hooper with the Rt. Hon The Lord Drayson, Minister of State with responsibility for the Medical Research Council (Science and Innovation) about the “PACE” Clinical Trial of behavioural modification interventions for people with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).

PACE is the acronym for Pacing, Activity, and Cognitive behavioural therapy, a randomised Evaluation, interventions that, according to one of the Principal Investigators, are without theoretical foundation.

The MRC’s PACE Trial seemingly inhabits a unique and unenviable position in the history of medicine. It is believed to be the first and only clinical trial that patients and the charities that support them have tried to stop before a single patient could be recruited and is the only clinical trial that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has ever funded. 

Since 1993, the giant US permanent health insurance company UNUMProvident has been advising the UK DWP about the most effective ways of curtailing sickness benefit payments. The PACE Trial is run by psychiatrists of the Wessely School, most of whom work for the medical and permanent health insurance industry, including UNUMProvident. These psychiatrists insist – in defiance of both the World Health Organisation and the significant biomedical evidence about the nature of it -- that “CFS/ME” is a behavioural disorder, into which they have subsumed ME, a classified neurological disorder whose separate existence they deny. Their beliefs have been repudiated in writing by the World Health Organisation.

In 1992, the Wessely School gave directions that in cases of ME/CFS, the first duty of the doctor is to avoid legitimisation of symptoms; in 1994, ME was described by Professor Simon Wessely as merely “a belief”; in 1996 recommendations were made that no investigations should be performed to confirm the diagnosis and in 1999 patients with ME/CFS were referred to as “the undeserving sick”.

The complaint is supported by a 442 page Report which addresses areas of major concern about the PACE Trial.

These include apparent coercion and exploitation of patients, flawed methodology, apparent lack of scientific rigour, apparent failure to adhere to the Declaration of Helsinki, the unusual personal financial interest of the Chief Investigator, the vested financial interests of the Principal Investigators and others involved with the trial and the underlying non-clinical purpose of the trial.

The psychiatrists’ unproven beliefs and assumptions are presented as fact and trial therapists have been trained to provide participants with misinformation; therapists have also been trained to advise participants to ignore symptoms, a situation that may in some cases result in death.

There are some extremely disquieting issues surrounding the MRC PACE Trial and documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act allow the full story to be told for the first time.                

People with ME/CFS do not seek any special consideration; they simply wish to be treated equally to those who suffer from other classified neurological disorders.  As shown in the Report that accompanies the complaint, the MRC PACE Trial clearly demonstrates that people with ME/CFS are not treated equally to those with other chronic neurological disorders.

The Report can be accessed at http://www.meactionuk.org.uk/magical-medicine.pdf

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CONTACT: Professor Malcolm Hooper Tel. +44 191 528 5536

 

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See also: Letter to Sir Michael Rawlins - Chairman of NICE here

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Letter of complaint to the Rt Hon The Lord Drayson

 

                                                                                                                      Professor Malcolm Hooper Ph.D.,B.Pharm.,C.Chem.,MRIC

Sunderland
SR3

                                                                                                                      11th February 2010
The Rt Hon The Lord Drayson
Minister of State
(Science and Innovation)
1, Victoria Street
London
SW1H  0ET

 

Dear Minister

re:  Complaint about the Medical Research Council

It is with deep concern that I lodge this formal complaint about the Medical Research Council with you in your capacity as Minister with responsibility for the MRC.

You will doubtless be aware of the serious problems at the MRC that were documented in the 2003 Report of the House of Commons Select Committee on Science and Technology (HC 132) in which MPs issued a damning judgment on the MRC, lambasting it for wasting funds and for introducing misguided strategies for its research.  MPs found evidence of poor planning and of focusing on “politically-driven” projects that have diverted money away from top-quality proposals.  The unprecedented attack was the result of a detailed probe into the workings of the MRC.
Sadly, very serious problems continue to exist at the MRC, with disastrous results for patients with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

The attached 442 page Report addresses the background to the MRC “PACE” Trial on “CFS/ME”, the biomedical evidence that disproves the assumptions of the MRC trial Principal Investigators, the many extremely disturbing issues surrounding the PACE Trial, and illustrations from the Manuals used in the trial.

The unproven beliefs and assumptions of the MRC Investigators are presented as fact; trial therapists have been trained to provide participants with misinformation, and therapists have also been trained to advise participants to ignore symptoms arising from the interventions, a situation that may in some cases result in death.

Patients with ME/CFS do not seek any special consideration; they simply wish to be treated equally to those with other classified neurological disorders.  As shown in the commissioned Report that accompanies this complaint (a bound copy of which will follow), the MRC Trial clearly demonstrates that people with ME/CFS are not treated equally to those with other chronic neurological disorders.

Given the long-standing recognition that at least one of the interventions used in the trial is contra-indicated for people with ME/CFS, an intervention that is already known to have adverse effects on 50% of those who have already undertaken it, there is international concern about the MRC PACE Trial.

I urge you to read the attached Report and to respond to it with due attention and alacrity. You may wish to know that the Report is already on international academic websites.

Yours sincerely

 


 

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19th February 2010

Letter to Sir Michael Rawlins Chairman of NICE

From Malcolm Hooper Ph.D.,B.Pharm.,C.Chem.,MRIC

Emeritus Professor of Medicinal Chemistry

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From Professor Hooper’s letter to Sir Michael Rawlins, chairman of NICE:

"The entire report, the press release and the letter of complaint have now
been circulated worldwide on the internet and have received much acclaim
and support from the major ME organisations in various countries and
numerous individuals, as well as academic institutions. The report is to
be discussed by the International Association of CFS/ME at its next board
meeting in early March, as confirmed by the President, Professor Fred
Friedberg from the US.
"

The Magical Medicine press release, official letter of complaint to the MRC and Professor Hooper’s letter to NICE were all sent to the following email addresses. If an email address is not shown then it was sent to editors/PR/managers etc with a request to forward them to the names provided. In addition, Professor Hooper sent the documents out to various people, organisations and institutions not listed here.

 

ROYAL COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS

 http://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/Pages/index.aspx

 

  President RCP - Prof Ian T Gilmore MD PRCP

  Senior Censor and Education and Training Vice President - Prof Humphrey J F Hodgson DM

  Clinical Vice President - Dr Mike Cheshire MBFRCP

  Director, Publications and Editor of the College Journal - Professor Robert N Allan MD FRCP

  Director, Clinical Effectiveness and Evaluation Unit - Dr Jonathan Potter DM Clinical Standards

  Director, Patient and Carer Involvement - Dr David Scott MD Patient Involvement Unit

  Press and PR - linda.cuthbertson@rcplondon.ac.uk

  Publications - publications@rcplondon.ac.uk        

  Journal called Clinical Medicine   -   clinicalmedicine@rcplondon.ac.uk

  Clinical Effectiveness & Evaluation Unit - ceeu@rcplondon.ac.uk

  PR & Public Affairs Officer - frank.soodeen@rcplondon.ac.uk

  Communications Officer - zoe.horwich@rcplondon.ac.uk

 

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ROYAL COLLEGE OF PSYCHIATRISTS

http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/

Royal College of Psychiatrists college officers:

President: Professor Dinesh Bhugra
Registrar: Professor Sue Bailey
Dean: Professor Robert Howard
Treasurer: Professor George Ikkos
Editor: Professor Peter Tyrer

Associate Registrars:  Dr Peter Byrne, Dr Ola Junaid, Dr Peter Snowden, Dr Neil Deuchar

Associate Deans:  Dr Andrew Brittlebank, Dr Brian Lunn, Dr Laurence Mynors-Wallace, Professor Greg O'Brien, Dr Gillian Pinner and Dr Tony Rao

 

Liz Fox, Press Officer, 020 7235 2351 ext.6298                     efox@rcpsych.ac.uk

Deborah Hart, Director of Communications and Policy      dhart@rcpsych.ac.uk

 

Northern Irish Division :   nmcnairney@nirelanddiv.rcpsych.ac.uk

Scottish Division Email:   kaddie@scotdiv.rcpsych.ac.uk

Welsh Division Email:      sconway@welshdiv.rcpsych.ac.uk

North West Division Email:   lgrice@northwestdiv.rcpsych.ac.uk   edavison@northwestdiv.rcpsych.ac.uk

South East Division Email: bfrancis@seastdiv.rcpsych.ac.uk

South West Division Email: pmcphee@southwestdiv.rcpsych.ac.uk   aburge@southwestdiv.rcpsych.ac.uk

West Midlands Division Email:  ndavies@wmidsdiv.rcpsych.ac.uk  

Northern & Yorkshire Division Email: edavison@nyorkdiv.rcpsych.ac.uk

Trent Division Email:   scorfield@wmidsdiv.rcpsych.ac.uk

 

COLLEGE CENTRE FOR QUALITY IMPROVEMENT –

The work of the College Centre for Quality Improvement (CCQI) has created a new and enhanced role for clinicians and their professional bodies in raising standards. Its national initiatives engage directly with clinicians, managers and service users and support them to take responsibility for improving local mental health services. More than 90% of mental health services in the UK participate in the work of the CCQI.

Director   Quality Improvement    Dr Paul Lelliott

PA to the Director for Quality Improvement - Sam Holder          sholder@cru.rcpsych.ac.uk

Adrian Worrall   Head of the Centre for Quality Improvement   aworrall@cru.rcpsych.ac.uk 

Alan Quirk, Senior Research Fellow                                                  aquirk@cru.rcpsych.ac.uk

Alex Webster,   Centre Administrator                                              awebster@cru.rcpsych.ac.uk

The National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health

What is the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health? The National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health (NCCMH) is one of seven centres established by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) to develop guidance on the appropriate treatment and care of people with specific diseases and conditions within the NHS in England and Wales. Established in 2001, the NCCMH is responsible for developing mental health guidelines, and is a partnership between the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the British Psychological Society.

 

 Director National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health      Dr Tim Kendall

Christine Sealey   Centre Manager       csealey@cru.rcpsych.ac.uk

 

PSYCHIATRIC   JOURNALS

 British Journal of Psychiatry,   Editorial Assistant -  bjp@rcpsych.ac.uk

Editorial Coordinator, The Psychiatrist       pb@rcpsych.ac.uk

Advances in Psychiatric Treatment, Editorial Assistant -   apt@rcpsych.ac.uk

International Psychiatry,   Administrative support -    ip@rcpsych.ac.uk

Evidence Based Mental Health -   alan.lovell@bazian.com

 

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Royal College of General Practitioners

http://www.rcgp.org.uk/

President   arrowDr Iona Heath                                 presidemdavies@rcgp.org.uk

 Chairman of Council Professor Steve Field      chairman@rcgp.org.uk

Vice-Chair of CouncilarrowDr Has Joshi FRCGP        officer-vicechair1@rcgp.org.uk

Vice-Chair of Council arrowDr Clare Gerada            officer-vicechair2@rcgp.org.uk

 Chair of Scottish Council arrowDr Ken Lawton        chair-scottish-counc@rcgp.org.uk

Chair of Welsh Council arrowDr Bridget Osborne    nedmunds@rcgp.org.uk

Chair of Northern Ireland Council   Dr David Johnston   NICouncil@rcgp.org.uk

 

 

Chair Clinical Innovation & Research CentrearrowProfessor Nigel Mathers   chair-circ@rcgp.org.uk

Chair of Medical Ethics CommitteearrowProfessor Martin Marshall     chair-ethics-committee@rcgp.org.uk

 Chair Patient Partnership Group   arrowMr Antony Chuter                       ppgchair@rcgp.org.uk

Chair Professional Development Board arrowProfessor Nigel Sparrow   NSparrow@rcgp.org.uk

British Journal of General Practice

 Editorial Office E-mail:  journal@rcgp.org.uk

Editor      David Jewell, BA, MRCGP

Deputy Editor    Alec Logan, FRCGP

 

Senior Assistant Editor email      ENiesner@rcgp.org.uk

Assistant Editor    Moira Davies-Cinar     mdavies@rcgp.org.uk

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British Medical Association

For the attention of all the members of the BMA UK council

BMA Press Office UK      pressoffice@bma.org.uk

 

Also sent out to all the national BMA councils:

BMAWales@bma.org.uk

BMANorthernIreland@bma.org.uk

BMAScotland@bma.org.uk

 

BMJ Editorial staff

http://resources.bmj.com/bmj/about-bmj/editorial-staff

fgodlee@bmj.com    aferriman@bmj.com    dcohen@bmj.com dpayne@bmj.com  gjones@bmj.com

jsmith@bmj.com  tdelamothe@bmj.com  tgroves@bmj.com  tjackson@bmj.com  sschroter@bmj.com

plapsley@bmj.com  btwisselmann@bmj.com

 

 

BMA Medical Ethics Department
British Medical Association ethics email - ethics@bma.org.uk for the attention of committee members:

Dr Anthony Calland, Chair

Professor Averil Mansfield, President

Dr Peter Bennie, Chairman of the Representative Body
Dr Hamish Meldrum, Chairman of Council
Dr David Pickersgill, Treasurer

 

Committee members elected by the BMA Representative Body

Dr Anthony Calland
Dr Mary Church
Dr Rajesh Kumar
Dr Surendra Kumar
Miss Louise McMenemy
Dr Brian Patterson
Dr M E Jan Wise

 

Committee members elected by BMA Council
Dr Kate Adams
Dr John Chisholm
Dr Peter Dangerfield

 

Committee members appointed by BMA Council
 Professor Bobbie Farsides
 Claire Foster
 Professor Robin Gill
 Professor Emily Jackson
 Professor Graeme Laurie
 Professor Sheila McLean
 Professor Julian Savulescu

 

  Journal of Medical Ethics

  Professor John Harris, Joint Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Medical Ethics

  Professor Søren Holm, Joint Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Medical Ethics

  Professor Richard Ashcroft, Deputy Editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics

   Production Editor:   production.jme@bmjgroup.com

   Publisher: Julie Solomon   jsolomon@bmjgroup.com

   Journal Manager: Richard Sand   rsands@bmjgroup.com

   Publishing Assistant: Jennifer Hudson   jhudson@bmjgroup.com

   Caroline White (BMJ Journals Press Officer)   cwhite@bmjgroup.com

 

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Institute of Medical Ethics

Honorary President - Sir Kenneth Calman

Professor Raanan Gillon, Chairman

contact@instituteofmedicalethics.org

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British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies

http://www.babcp.com/

BABCP Board of Directors and elected members    babcp@babcp.com

President: John Taylor
President Elect: Shirley Reynolds

Honorary Secretary: Linda Matthews
Treasurer: Lynn Jones
Marie Chellingsworth
Paul Farrand
Joy McGuire

Fiona Kennedy
Alan Kessedjian

Katy Grazebrook

 

National Committees Forum - All members of the Board plus the following:

Ann Gledhill (Communications)       
Mark Latham  (Supervisor and Trainer Accreditation)
Amanda Cole  (Accreditation and Registration Chair)
Helen Macdonald  (EABCT)
Rod Holland  (Workforce Development)
Paul Salkovskis  (Journal)
Warren Mansell  (Conference Scientific Committee)
Roz Shafran  (Conference Scientific Committee)
Chris Williams  (HPC Liaison)
Nick Wade  (Branch Liaison)
Chris Cullen (Complaints and Disciplinary)
Charlie McConnochie (Senior Accredition Liaison Officer)
Michael Townend  (e-Journal)

 Journal   -    Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy -    journal.editor@babcp.com

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Association of British Neurologists

http://www.theabn.org/

Contact:
Ms Karen Reeves
Executive Manager    
karen.reeves@thebn.org

Council Officers

President – Professor Alastair Compston

President Elect - Professor Martin Rossor

Honorary Secretary -   Dr Stephen Wroe

Honorary Assistant Secretary - Dr Heather Angus-Leppan

Honorary Treasurer –   Dr Colin Mumford

Chair, Training & Education Committee – Dr Adrian Wills

Chair, Clinical Research & Academic Committee – Professor Patrick Chinnery

Chair, Services & Standards Committee – Dr Gareth Llewelyn

 

Council Members

Dr Christopher Allen

Dr Ian Ormerod

Dr Lionel Ginsberg

Dr Yvonne Hart

Dr Richard Davenport

Professor Neil Scolding

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British Society of Immunologists

http://immunology.org/Page.aspx?pid=192

Chief Executive    Judith Willetts      j.willetts@immunology.org

Science Officer     Hannah Hope       h.hope@immunology.org 

Editorial Officer   Sharon Tobin        s.tobin@immunology.org

 

 

Professor David Gray                         d.gray@ed.ac.uk

Dr Lindsay Nicholson                         l.nicholson@bristol.ac.uk

Professor Robert Barker                   r.n.barker@abdn.ac.uk

Professor Arne Akbar                        a.akbar@ucl.ac.uk 

Dr Stephen Jolles                               jollessr@cardiff.ac.uk

Professor Adrian Hayday                  adrian.hayday@kcl.ac.uk 

Professor Paul Lehner                       pjl30@hermes.cam.ac.uk

 

Journal of BSI and also   Immunology News   Daniel Price     d.price@immunology.org

Immunology Editorial Office                                                           imm@immunology.org

Editor-in-Chief,   Immunology - Professor Danny Altmann        d.altmann@ic.ac.uk

Editor-in-Chief, CEI - Professor Mark Peakman                          mark.peakman@kcl.ac.uk

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British Psychological Society

http://www.bps.org.uk/

 General Society Enquiries at                  enquiry@bps.org.uk

 Media Centre Contacts                          mediacentre@bps.org.uk

 

Trustees – President - Ms Sue Gardner

President-Elect - Dr Gerry Mulhern

Vice President - Dr Elizabeth Campbell

Honorary Treasurer - Dr Richard Mallows

Chair Membership and Professional Training Board - Dr Peter Banister

Chair Psychology Education Board - Dr. Richard Latto

Chair Professional Practice Board - Dr Carole Allan

Chair Publications and Communications Board - Dr Graham E Powell

Chair of Representative Council - Professor Maurice Stringer

Council Representative on the Board of Trustees - Professor Jill D. Wilkinson

Council Representative on the Board of Trustees - Professor Graham Turpin

Council Representative on the Board of Trustees - Emeritus Professor Ken Brown

 

 

BPS ethic committee contact                                                Lisa.MorrisonCoulthard@bps.org.uk

The Psychologist,    editor, Jon Sutton                              jon.sutton@bps.org.uk

Assistant editor      Peter Dillon-Hooper                             psychologist@bps.org.uk

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ME Researchers and Psychiatrists

On the emails to ME Researchers:

“Please feel free to forward these documents to other physicians, academics, the ME community and the media as it is important to get this information widely distributed and used to good effect.”

 

Dr Vance Spence

Dr Jonathan Kerr

Prof Julia Newton

Dr Bruce Carruthers

Dr Cheney

Dr Hyde

Dr Chia

Professor Klimas

Professor Jason

Professor Friedberg

Dr James Baraniuk

Professor Marti Pall

Professor Michael Maes

Dr J Nijs

Dr Abbott

Dr Kennedy

Dr Khan

Dr Belch

Professor Montoya

Dr Lapp

Dr Lerner

Dr Natelson

Dr Stephen Holgate

Dr Endlander

Professor Garth Nicolson

Dr Pheby

Dr Poland

Dr Bell

Professor Snell

Professor Van Ness

Professor Ciccolella

Professor Davenport

Stacey Stephens

 

The expert panel of ESME - Prof. Dr. Med. Kenny De Meirleir,   Prof. Dr. Bodil Norrild,   PD Dr. Liv Bode,

Prof. Dr. Hanns Ludwig,   Prof. Dr. Med. Mária J. Molnár,   Dr. Med. Umberto Tirelli, P rof. Dr. Med. Ola Didrik Saugstad,   Prof. Dr. Med. Babill Stray-Pedersen,   Dr. Med. Ana Garcia Quintana:

 

Psychiatrists

Dr  Alistair Santhouse  following the BMJ Editorial, to be forwarded to Professors Hotopf, David,   Wessely, White and Sharpe.

 

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ME   Charities and Organisations

On the emails to ME Charities and Organisations:

“Please feel free to forward these documents to other physicians, academics, the ME community and the media as it is important to get this information widely distributed and used to good effect.”

 

25% ME Group

 

IiME

 

MEA

AfME

CFIDS

 

NCF   

                  

European Alliance of ME – an alliance of ME charities from across Europe

 

ESME – European Society for ME

 

IACFS - International Association of CFS/ME

 

Local ME -   to be sent out to all local UK ME groups

 

WPI –  for Annette Whittmore, Dr Dan Peterson, Dr Judy Mikovits. Dr Donnica Moore

 

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee (CFSAC) – to be sent out to all their members

 

HHV6A   Foundation – Kristin Loomis

 

ME/CFS Australia – an organization like EAME, comprising 8 Australian ME/CFS charities from across    the continent

 

ANZME – New Zealand ME national charity with local support groups across New Zealand

 

National ME/FM Action Network – Canadian charity with links to other ME organizations across Canada

 

ME Society of America

 

PANDORA – Patient Alliance for Neuroendocrineimmune Disorders

 

ME- CFS Community.com

 

ProHealth

 

National Alliance for ME US

 

Pheonix Rising/ aboutmecfs.org

 

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MEDIA

 

ADDITIONAL SCIENTIFIC JOURNALS:

 

PULSE – to several editorial staff
NEW SCIENTIST

NURSING TIMES – to several editorial staff

LANCET – to several editorial staff

 


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