In a major breakthrough for people with ME/CFS a judge has rejected a university's £200,000 attempt to prevent release of data from the controversial medical trial, that was the first to receive DWP funding.
An Information Tribunal has rejected an attempt to prevent the release of important results from a controversial medical trial. The trial was part-funded by the DWP, and was assessing the value of biopsychosocial interventions at the same time as the DWP was using the biopsychosocial model of disability to help justify cuts to disability spending.[2,3]
Mansel Aylward, former Chief Medical Officer at the DWP, and a key architect of the last decade's reforms, had helped to secure funding for the trial and sat as an observer on the trial's steering committee.[2-5] The director of Sense About Science USA greeted news of the Tribunal's decision by stating that the "PACE trial is a fault line between the way we did medicine (secretive, clubbable) and the way we should do medicine (transparent, shared)" and "PACE is turning out to be the science controversy of the decade: it indicts the medical ecosystem of review