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Head of ME association is sacked

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 05 June 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1232

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  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    The medical director of Britain's largest charity for people with chronic fatigue syndrome has been sacked after he claimed that the organisation has lost its direction and wasted its money.

    Dr Charles Shepherd, for years the leading medical spokesman for British people with the condition, which is also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), had his contract with the ME Association abruptly terminated for breach of confidence and making statements “likely to bring the MEA into disrepute.”

    In letters to several websites run by various ME groups and patients, Dr Shepherd said that the association was running out of money and expressed concern that funds earmarked for research in a special account might be used for other purposes. He also said that the resignation of three …

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