Complementary Medicine

Department of Health written question – answered on 16th January 2015.

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Photo of David Tredinnick David Tredinnick Conservative, Bosworth

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential contribution of regulated complementary and alternative medical practitioners to reducing demands on the NHS.

Photo of Daniel Poulter Daniel Poulter The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Practitioners of complementary and alternative medicines are not subject to statutory regulation. A working group has been established to consider a number of matters relating to the use of herbal and traditional medicines by practitioners. I know my hon. Friend is a member of this working group.

The findings of the working group will be published in due course, once it has finished its work. Until that working group has reported, no assessment can be made of the contribution of such practitioners to reducing demands on the National Health Service.

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