Charity Commission Consultation ends 19th May!

The Charity Commission (CC) is currently conducting a public consultation on whether organisations promoting the use of complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) should have charitable status. They are seeking your views which you can supply by visiting:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/consultation-on-complementary-and-alternative-medicines

Homeopathic and other CAM organisations are making submissions but the more received from the pro-CAM public the better.  Please respond to the consultation and take action now!  If you feel uncomfortable answering all of the questions just answer a few, something submitted is better than nothing!

As you will see, the focus of this  consultation is on the evidence for the effectiveness of CAM therapies.  Your submission should be your own, however here are a few helpful points.

  • there are many types of evidence that should be considered when evaluating the effectiveness of a therapy. These include scientific studies, patient feedback and the clinical experience of  doctors  who  have trained in a CAM discipline.  Within Homeopathy there is considerable evidence which can be found (https://www.hri-research.org)
  • many conventional therapies and drugs  have inconclusive evidence or prove to be useful in only some cases, for example SSRIs (anti-depressants).  Inconsistent evidence is often the result  of the complexity of both  the medical  condition being treated and the therapy being used. It is not indicative of a therapy that doesn’t work
  • removing all therapies or interventions that  have inconsistent or inconclusive evidence would seriously limit the  public and the medical profession’s  ability to help treat and ease patients suffering.
  • all over the world there are doctors, nurses, midwives, vets  and other healthcare professional  who integrate  CAM therapies into their daily  practice because they see effectiveness. They would not use these therapies if they  did  not see their patients  benefitting from them.  For example in the UK, within the NHS hospital setting, outcome studies demonstrate effectiveness of homeopathy. (http://www.britishhomeopathic.org/evidence/results-from-the-homeopathic-hospitals/)
  • practitioners of many CAM therapies belong to registering bodies which expect their members to comply to the highest professional standards in regards to training and practice
  • In the UK the producers and suppliers of  CAM treatments (homeopathy, herbal medicine etc) are strictly regulated
  • as well as  providing valuable information to the  growing  number of people seeking to use CAM as part of their healthcare, CAM charities frequently fund treatment for those people, particularly the elderly and those on a low income, whose health has benefitted from these therapies but who cannot  afford them. This meets the charity’s criterion of  providing a public benefit
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NHS Glasgow Centre for Integrative Care in-patient service

The proposal to close the in-patient service at the NHS Glasgow Centre for Integrative Care (CIC) has been designated a “minor service change” by the Scottish Health Council. This means NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde can close the ward without a full public consultation. The health board is meeting on 20 December to consider its decision. The in-patient service plays an important role in helping chronically ill people at the award-winning CIC, and your intervention is required to save it from being cut. Supporters of the CIC living in Scotland should write to:

Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister: Firstminister@gov.scot
Shona Robison, Cabinet Secretary for Health: CabSecHS@gov.scot
Aileen Campbell, Public Health Minister: MinisterPHS@gov.scot

Also, those living in Scotland should write or phone their local MSP asking them to speak up for the CIC on your behalf. You can find your MSP by entering your postcode on the Scottish Parliament website.

Public meeting

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is meeting on 20 December to decide the future of the CIC’s in-patient service. This public meeting is taking place in the:

William Quarrier Conference Centre
20 St Kenneth Drive
Govan
Glasgow
G51 4QD

Supporters of the CIC are planning to demonstrate outside the meeting from around 9 am. Join the demonstration and help defend this valuable service.

If you care about patient choice in healthcare and want to fight the cuts to health services, act immediately and make your voice heard before 20 December 2016!

For more information contact ghh_campaign@hotmail.com

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Department of Health consultation on ‘blacklisting’ homeopathic medicines in NHS

Plans are up and running to fight and retain access to homeopathic medicines in the NHS. The Department of Health leaked it would be running a consultation to blacklist homeopathic medicines sometime in 2016 (now looking like 2017!)

Find out what you can do and join us now to be alerted of how you can play a role in defending and voicing your views to keep medicines available.

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