Complementary Medicine on the NHS
This topic guide was produced for the Debating Matters Competition. It contains information, further reading and web links on the topic of complementary medicine and whether they should be available through the National Health Service.
Supporters of complementary and alternative medicine see its provision as a question of health freedom and fairness. The NHS provides around 10 per cent of complementary services in the UK. Its detractors say complementary medicines waste public money on untested and unproven treatments.
Would increased provision of complementary medicines on the NHS be something to be welcomed or would it represent a betrayal of scientific medicine that must stop?
HEALTH and SAFETY
Any use of a resource that includes a practical activity must include a risk assessment. Please note that collections may contain ARCHIVE resources, which were developed at a much earlier date. Since that time there have been significant changes in the rules and guidance affecting laboratory practical work. Further information is provided in our Health and Safety guidance.