Early Day Motion 641: Integrated Healthcare Council

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Early Day Motion 641: Integrated Healthcare Council was an Early Day Motion proposed by Graham Stringer MP on 8th January 2008.

The motion stated:

"That this House is dismayed that the Department of Health has funded the Prince of Wales Foundation for Integrated Healthcare Council to regulate 12 alternative therapies; and believes that quackery such as homeopathy which has no peer reviewed evidence base that it works cannot be regulated; and therefore calls for the withdrawal of Government funding and recognition of this Council."

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Background

In 2008, The Department of Health agreed to fund the Prince's Foundation for Integrated Health to set up the Natural Healthcare Council to regulate 12 alternative therapies, such as aromatherapy, reflexology and homeopathy.

The agreement came despite strong objections from the British Pharmacological Society, some of the Royal Colleges and the Royal Society. Professor Michael Baum protested that "this is like licensing a witches' brew as a medicine so long as the batwings are sterile".[1]

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List of signees

The motion was signed by 1 MP.

References

  1. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/jan/08/politics.publicservices/print