Board to consider alternative medicine proposal

By Emily Pearce

Thursday, January 16, 2014


ALTERNATIVE and complementary medicine practitioners could be asked to help develop health services on the Isle of Wight.

The Isle of Wight Council's health and wellbeing board will consider electing a representative of alternative and complimentary medicine services to the board, following a recommendation from full council.

Members last night (Wednesday) approved the proposal, put forward by Cowes South and Northwood member Cllr John Nicholson, by 32 votes with four abstentions.

Speaking ahead of the full council meeting, Cllr Nicholson said: "Is it a peculiarity of western thinking that, with our modern technology and science, we regard ourselves as above nature? I cannot be alone in having derived benefit from alternative therapy for conditions that our orthodox mainstream systems have struggled with, only being able to offer drug-based alleviation.

"In the UK, we are at a distance from other enlightened countries that have embraced, to significant practical benefit, the non-pharmaceutical, natural philosophies of complimentary and alternative medicine, including France, Germany and Switzerland."

The final decision on whether a representative is elected will be taken by the board itself, which is chaired by council leader Cllr Ian Stephens and includes representatives of Healthwatch Isle of Wight, the NHS trust and the Clinical Commissioning Group.

Its next meeting is due to be held on February 6 at 9.30am.



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by Dennis Sibley

17th January 2014, at 15:23:57

Whilst I have no objection to people seeking out alternative methods of health care per se, I can't see what a representative would bring to the heath and wellbeing board. Alternative medicine is an unregulated market with no legal accountability. And in any case, as there are so many different so-called "therapies" who would the rep be - an acupuncturist ? a chiropracter ? a herbalist ? a homeopath ? a reflexologist ? Let the fight begin!

I prefer to rely upon the proven science of medicine and my GP.

Each to their own though.

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by C Ryan-Sammon

16th January 2014, at 17:27:04

WOW That's fantastic news to hear. Lets get away from chemicals and pressure from Pharma Companies, raking in billions of pounds at our health's expense, so we can get help via holistic medicine every time. Its about time we all woke up to the benefits of natural remedies.
Give the People more Choice.

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by James McAdder

16th January 2014, at 13:32:52

Minister for Unproven Quackery and Snake Oil, then?

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