Audit demanded of alternative medicine referrals
No figure on how much NHS money is spent on non-conventional therapies
Following concerns raised by doctors over the rise in the use of ‘unproven
and disproved’ treatments on the NHS, MPs have demanded an urgent audit of
public funding of alternative medicine.
Phil Willis, chairman of the Commons Science and Technology Select Committee,
said the department had a duty to collect accurate information on the extent of
NHS support for alternative therapies, The Times reported.
This follows the Department of Health admission that it had no idea how much
of taxpayers’ money was being spent on non-conventional therapies.
‘It does not matter whether you support alternative medicine or you are a
sceptic. The full figures need to be made public,’ Willis said.
It is up to the discretion of individual clinicians and trusts to decide
whether they refer a patient on to alternative or complimentary therapists.