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Better evidence base for complementary therapies remains a priority


Alternative medicine now has a ‘regulator’. The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council has got off to a rather faltering start even with the support of £1m of DoH funding. Initial claims that 10,000 ‘practitioners’ would join their group by Jan 2010 were swiftly amended to 4,000 and now a jump from a total of 500 'practitioners' in August to 2,000 by joining by next month are projected! Deals are being struck to let private companies ‘verify’ individuals for admission to the 'regulator' and incentives ranging from reduced charges to logo key rings are all options for those who meet the National Occupational Standard. Most embarrassing of all is that many of the individuals responsible for this doomed attempt at sudo-regulation are nurses!

Posted date

11 August, 2009

Posted time

1:29 pm