It has come to my attention as of late that our government holds a file in the National Archives at Kew, which contains MRC documentation on ME since 1988. The file was to be kept from the public eye until 2023, however this has been extended until 2071! Normally, such measures are only enacted on matters of defence, national security, and in matters that are considered very confidential. But what on earth would the medical research council want to keep from public view??? It comes from the same time as the UK's own version of Dr. Reeves - Simon Wessely began to propagandize ME as a psychiatric illness. It would seem rather absurd to even cite patient confidentiality, as a black marker would make short work of maintaining patient confidentiality.
However, fellow Britons, you have options. In THIS document, there is a LINK to request a review of the record under the Freedom of Information act, which requires the filling out of only a few fields. If the National Archives does not provide a satisfactory response, then contact the parliamentary and health services ombudsman:
The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman
London, SW1P 4QP
Telephone: +44 (0) 84 5015 4033
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7217 4000
You may also want to contact:
Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor
54-60 Victoria Street
London SW1E 6WQ
Also, if the requested information is refused, an application may be made to the Information Commissioner, who has the power to order such disclosure, and if unsuccessful, the applicant may appeal the decision to an appeal tribunal - in many cases which have been successful the information has been provided with some redactions to protect confidentiality: The appeal tribunal consists of experienced barristers or solicitors which must provide a fair and independent review. It is your right, and I strongly recommend that you exercise these rights!