Wirral Holistic Care Services
In box on her old blog titled "Community Involvement", Esther was described as "a patron of Wirral Holistic Therapeutic Cancer Care" as well as a supporter of a number of other medical organisations. The current (April 2014) Wirral Holistic Care Services website confirms her position as a patron.
Wirral Holistic Care Services is an organisation that aims "to provide patients with a caring, therapeutic support service through a wide range of complementary therapies that will help them regain the inner strength and self-belief to approach their cancer treatment with confidence". The organisation's website claims "complementary therapy is effective in treating post-operative pain, phobias, addictions, sports injuries, organic disorders (irritable bowel syndrome, digestion problems, asthma, poor circulation etc), stress-related illnesses and postural problems."
The WHCS website lists as therapies: acupuncture, aromatherapy, autogenic training, Bowen therapy, counselling, healing, hypnotherapy, massage, meditation, reflexology, reiki, shiatsu, TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) machines, and therapeutic touch.
- I am aware of the ongoing debate surrounding the practicalities and funding of homeopathy in the NHS, and I understand your concerns.
- Given that the Coalition Government has inherited the largest deficit in our peacetime history, we need to take urgent action on deficit reduction reduction. This means making savings in a number of areas, which may include the funding of homeopathic treatments on the NHS.
- As you know, the various issues regarding the use of homeopathy in the NHS was all raises by the Science and Technology Committee’s report Evidence Check 2: Homeopathy. The Government are currently considering the report, including the issue mentioned, and will respond to it in due course.
- Until there is further evidence and greater debate on this issue, I will not be signing EDM284A1, EDM285A1, EDM 286A1 and EDm 287A1 at this time.
In October 2010, Esther McVey signed Early Day Motions 707: Government Funding for UK Science, and 767: Science is Vital Campaign. Both motions supported investment in science in the face of cuts anticipated in the coalition government's forthcoming spending review.
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