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Complementary Medicine

Volume 506: debated on Thursday 4 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what complementary or alternative treatments, medicines or therapies are offered through the National Health Service; and what evidence his Department has considered on the efficacy of each. (320578)

The commissioning and funding of any treatments, including complementary/alternative, is the responsibility of the national health service. Many strategic health authorities and primary care trusts have developed their own policies on which treatments they will provide based one the safety and clinical and cost-effectiveness of a treatment as well as the availability of suitably qualified/regulated practitioners. When developing guidance for the management of health conditions, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) considers complementary therapies, where appropriate and sufficient evidence of effectiveness exists, alongside conventional treatments.