Hands off Complementary Therapy
Professional Reflexology has launched a petition aimed at the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, in response to the The Department of Health in England commissioning NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) to revise their guidelines on supportive and palliative care in adults. A draft document, introduced during the consultation period, which ended on Friday 29th January 2016, missed out the section on Complementary Therapies. No statement has been released by the DoH for this omission which is causing great concern among professional practitioners of complementary therapies and the general public.
In raising an objection to the above and bringing a greater awareness of this critical situation, Professional Reflexology says it is recognising the work and dedication by fully qualified practitioners of complementary therapies and the benefits to adults.
A statement on the Professional Reflexology website says: “Complementary therapies are an important part of a healthy society in the 21st century. Adults suffering from chronic illness, life-threatening conditions and diseases such as cancer, should be given the option of receiving complementary therapy as part of their holistic care.
“Holistic is defined in the dictionary as ‘the consideration of the complete person in the treatment of disease’. Clearly translated it refers to a healthy balance on an emotional, mental, physical and spiritual level. Unbelievable that NICE who advocate the need for carrying out an holistic needs assessment of people with cancer, have deleted this essential element of care from their report.
“The urgency by NICE to complete the consultation period in record time, although the full report will not be published until 2018, raises another important question - what are they trying to hide? Managing to keep it secret from the media points to a case of ‘back-door’ politics.”
Professional Reflexology is asking people to sign and share the petition: https://www.change.org/p/hands-off-complementary-therapies-petition-to-secretary-of-state-for-health-jeremy-hunt-mp