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Stress and CFS: Never say Never

Poster showing stress

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It would be a mistake to view the judgment in MacLennan v Hartford Europe [2012] EWHC 346 (QB) handed down on 24 February as an unequivocal finding that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) can never be caused by stress at work.

It is fair to say the Claimant was running a ‘courageous’ case. CFS remains a controversial illness with ongoing debates about its nature (and especially whether it is predominantly a physiological or psychological condition), its diagnosis and even its name.

Without any certainty about the causative mechanism for CFS, it is hardly surprising that there is no agreement that stress may cause CFS at all and so the Claimant was facing an uphill task even before looking at the evidence itself.

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