THE issue of alternative therapies being considered by officials on the Isle of Wight has been raised in the House of Commons by MP Andrew Turner.
It follows a decision by the Isle of Wight Council that the health and wellbeing board should consider the appointment of a representative for alternative and complementary medicine.
The move was proposed by Cowes South and Northwood Conservative Cllr John Nicholson and is due to be considered by the board at its next meeting, on Thursday, March 6.
At a debate on alternative medicines on Tuesday (25), Mr Turner said: "At the urging of Cllr Nicholson, the Isle of Wight Council has asked the health and wellbeing board to recognise the value of alternative and complementary therapies and a elect a representative to the board.
"Will the minister and her department work with that representative to evaluate the cost effectiveness of such treatments?"
Parliamentary under-secretary for health Jane Ellison said she was aware of the Isle of Wight discussions and that the provision of such therapies was a matter for clinical commissioning groups, the local GP-led groups that commission services.
She said CCGs must take into account NICE guidance and local health needs.
According to the NHS, NICE recommends the use of alternative therapies in a limited number of circumstances including the Alexander Technique for Parkinson’s Disease, ginger and acupressure for reducing morning sickness and acupuncture and manual therapy, including spinal manipulation, mobilisation and massage for persistent low back pain.