Wednesday, 21 February 2018


Petition to The Secretary of State for Health
We hereby petition The Secretary of State for Health (SoSH) to intervene and to give direction to The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to review and modify its guideline methodologies and procedures with respect to the forthcoming guideline GID-NG10007; Lyme Disease (Lyme Guidelines), due for publication on 4 April 2018, as the current standards represent a significant failure in the performance of its functions.
The Lyme Guidelines if published, will necessarily mean that the SoSH is failing in his duties and they will:
(a) contravene NICE’s own remit with respect to reducing uncertainty in all respects of prevention, patient management and treatment. The data clearly does not represent the Lyme disease patient population, as a whole, and as such it will not improve patient health or outcomes; and
(b) due to shortcomings and an unwillingness, to date, to revise the process, it will inadvertently fail to respect, protect or fulfil patients’ human rights under the following UN treaties (as detailed in Joint Fact Sheet WHO/OHCHR/323):
International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), 1966 Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), 1979
Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), 1989
European Social Charter, 1961
and under the Human Rights Act 1998; and the Lyme Guidelines certainly do not “reflect the values of society” to which NICE are committed
Click on the link below to read the detail in this petition that explains why lives will be put at risk. Please sign this important petition

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