Alternative Medicine

Northern Ireland written question – answered on 13th March 2007.

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Photo of Iris Robinson Iris Robinson DUP, Strangford

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what experience of (a) delivering complementary and alternative medicine and (b) operating in Northern Ireland, Get Well UK has.

Photo of Paul Goggins Paul Goggins Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Northern Ireland Office

Get Well UK was formed in May 2004 and has delivered five complementary medicine contracts in NHS primary care settings since that time. It was established as a not-for-profit organisation specifically to deliver complementary and alternative medicine services. Its managing director has 10 years' experience of managing and delivering complementary medicine services. The Board includes people at both chair and chief executive level within the NHS and an osteopath of 30 years' standing who was the medical director of an osteopathic school and a council member of the General Osteopathic Council.

Get Well UK was given a special award in the 2005 Awards for Good Practice in Integrated Healthcare, "Integrated Health Futures Award: recognising innovation to improve health". This was in recognition of the specific skills, infrastructure and exacting quality standards built into Get Well UK's service delivery.

Get Well UK has not operated in Northern Ireland previously.

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