Commission clears ME Association of mismanagement

The ME Association is claiming victory over allegations of financial mismanagement after the Charity Commission threw out all charges brought against the charity by its former medical advisor.

Charles Shepherd, a longstanding medical advisor to the MEA, contacted the Charity Commission claiming the charity was wasting money and mismanaging operations.

The MEA had terminated Shepherd's contract (Third Sector, 25 June) after he posted similar allegations on several internet message boards.

In a letter to chief executive Val Hockey, the Commission reported that it has "no concerns in this regard" and will not be taking any action against the charity. It also stated that the "dismissal of Dr Shepherd is a matter of internal administration for which the board, as trustees, is responsible."

Hockey said that she hoped that the charity would now be free to concentrate on raising funds to ensure that it could continue operating its existing services.

"It's been very worrying that a lot of our members have been upset by hearing rumours about the charity and accepting them as fact," she said.

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