Swindon Local Involvement Network (LINk) is holding an open meeting at the Jurys Inn, Fleming Way, on Tuesday 24 January, 7pm, to discuss the NHS and complementary and alternative therapies.
NHS Swindon says it does not fund complementary and alternative medicines because: ‘At this time there is insufficient high quality evidence to demonstrate the clinical and cost effectiveness of complementary and alternative medicine.’
Some members of Swindon LINk dispute this and the open meeting is an opportunity to debate the issues involved.
Practitioner Karyse Day said: “Although there are those who dismiss the remarkable results achieved by complementary therapies as placebo, there are millions of people worldwide who will attest by personal experience to their efficacy. And the numbers continue to grow annually. Swindon is blessed with many therapists qualified in a variety of different disciplines who bring great benefit to their clients.
“Many people would like to use complementary therapies but are unable to on cost grounds. NHS Swindon consistently denies residents their right to choose those therapies appropriate to their needs. This meeting will give those who usually have no voice an opportunity to be heard and I would urge all concerned to attend.”
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