This petition was submitted during the 2015–2017 Conservative government

Petition Suspend all trials of graded exercise therapy in children and adults with ME/CFS

In surveys hundreds of patients have reported harm — some becoming housebound or bedbound, indefinitely — from graded exercise therapy (GET). The Government must demand that research and funding bodies suspend all trials of graded exercise therapy for ME/CFS until the evidence has been reassessed.

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Clinical trials such as MAGENTA still use graded exercise therapy, even in children, but are being justified on the basis of the flawed PACE trial. Scientists have severely criticised PACE, the major adult trial that claimed the therapy to be safe and effective. Thousands have demanded retraction of PACE’s “misleading” analyses and 24 ME/CFS charities from 14 countries demanded that its data be released for reanalysis. PACE is no basis for a trial in children or adults. Read more at

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