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.
Head of Rehabilitation/Essex CFS Service Manager
Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Prittlewell Chase I Westcliff-on-Sea I Essex I SS0 0RY
Tel: 01702 435555 ext 6696 I Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Personal assistant/Secretary: Jill Butten ext 8646
Visit our website: www.southend.nhs.uk