Essex CFS Service apologise for letter to the BMJ | ‘naive’ of authors not to consider wider implications| 20 June 2014

This just in – in response to our complaint sent earlier today.

Dear Dr Shepherd

Thank you for your email.

The article you refer to has not been sanctioned by the Essex CFS/ME service and does not represent the views of the Essex CFS/ME service or Southend University Hospital NHS Trust.

It also does not necessarily represent the views of the authors.

In the first instance, I have instructed the Trust’s communication department to contact the BMJ to remove any reference to the Essex CFS/ME service and Southend University Hospital from the response.

I have also been informed by the authors that the submission is to be removed.

This piece was written purely as a hypothetical deliberation.

It does not reflect the authors’ views on the realities of living with, managing or treating CFS/ME.

It was naïve of the authors not to consider the implications of a wider publication via the internet of what was intended to spark debate in the medical arena.

They are very sorry for any distress they may have caused.

Kind Regards

Noreen Buckley
Head of Rehabilitation/Essex CFS Service Manager

Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
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