From Monday, GPs leading more than 200 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in England will become responsible for most of the health service budget and decide which treatments should be funded and which rationed.
The survey of more than 1,000 clinical staff who will be represented by the groups has found that 55 per cent want to see an immediate ban on funding homoeopathy and herbal medicine.
The finding could embarrass Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, who is known to be a supporter of homoeopathy, which is currently funded by about one in five Primary Care Trusts, the organisations to be replaced by CCGs.
The research by Campden Health found that GPs and nurses were deeply suspicious about several alternative therapies which currently receive millions of pounds in NHS funding.
More than a quarter of those polled called for acupuncture to be removed.
Current guidance from the NHS rationing body, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, says patients with unexplained lower back pain can have up to 10 sessions of the Chinese medicine, costing around £400. The same recommendations support the use of state-funded osteopathy and chiropractic treatment, which 19 per cent of those polled were against.
The survey suggests that the GPs taking charge of the £80 billion budget are likely to restrict a number of procedures.
Fonte: THE TWENTY – FIRST FLOOR
NOTA: L’articolo originale a firma di Laura Donnelly per “The Telegraph”, è visionabile qui,