“Having spent decades working in the field of CFS/ME, it has never been my intent to cause any distress to people with ME or indeed to damage the reputation of the ME Association who do so much to help those with the condition, those who care for them and those who need to be better informed.
“However, I feel that the recent social media activity has distracted from the good work of the ME Association and I do not wish their valuable resources to be any further stretched following the announcement of my patronage.
“In light of this, I have declined the offer of Patron and step down with immediate effect. I wish the ME Association continued success with their remit and hope that their good work continues.”
Professor Leslie Findley, 19th October 2021
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