Dr Nigel Speight’s Resignation Letter To AYME
I just thought I should inform you officially that after a long and happy association with AYME I have decided to resign as their Patron.
Without going into too much detail I would say that over the last couple of years I have become aware that they have changed their position on several areas and that our views have accordingly diverged.
In particular AYME seem to have become more willing to collaborate with the medical and psychiatric establishment in order to appear respectable.
This appears to have been the cause of AYME’s relative enthusiasm for the NICE Guidelines, which most of us feel involve and an overemphasis on CBT and GET.
This compromise seems to have helped the psychiatrists to get a new lease of life.
The result of all this is that AYME appear to have alienated themselves from most of the other ME charities (with the exception of AfME who appear to be taking a similar position).
In this controversy I feel more in sympathy with the rest of you. I have gained the impression that AYME no longer appreciate my opinions and prefer my status as their figurehead to be a largely silent one.
It is a combination of all these factors that has caused me to resign and I am sure you will all understand.
With Best Wishes