Therapy plans 'a help'.PLANS to regulate a number of popular complementary therapies for the first time have been welcomed by a Saltburn acupuncturist.
National reports suggest the proposed new Natural Healthcare Council will be able to strike off errant er·rant
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It will also set minimum standards to ensure therapists are properly qualified.
It's expected patients will be able to complain to the council about practitioners, and that the new body will be modelled on the General Medical Council and other similar statutory bodies.
Mark Fielding, a member of The British Acupuncture acupuncture (ăk`ypŭng'chər), technique of traditional Chinese medicine, in which a number of very fine metal needles are inserted into the skin at specially designated points. Council, has over 100 clients in the Middlesbrough and Saltburn areas.
He said: "This has been coming for a long time and is very welcome to be honest. At the moment, there's nothing to stop anyone setting up as a complementary therapist without any relevant qualifications or experience.
"Members of the public could quite easily just flick through the phone book at the moment and could find themselves being treated by people who are simply not appropriately qualified to do so.
"This new body, when established, should help to ensure a much more professional service."
Acupuncture is an ancient system of healing from China and other Eastern countries.
SUPPORT: Mark Fielding welcomes new regulations