The Health and Social Care Act 2012 was the most extensive reorganisation of the NHS in its history. The Act abolished Primary Care Trusts and Strategic Health Authorities and transferred up to £80 billion of commissioning funds to 211 clinical commissioning groups(CCGs). There is now a national register of Complementary and Alternative Medicines (CAMs), developed for GPs, which ‘Commissioning.GP’ is hosting.
A national study completed in 2007 concluded that: “More and more people are turning to CAM therapies…in point of fact 51% of the population are expected to use one or more CAM therapies during their lifetime”.
The medical profession is attempting to respond to the rapidly growing public demand for CAMs − over 50% of GPs are now providing access to a range of treatments and therapies that are outside conventional medicine
The ultimate aim of the register of Complementary and Alternative Medicines is therefore no less than to encourage GPs and clinical commissioners to refer patients to the providers of CAM treatments.
I have now been accepted onto the register which means that clients can be referred by their GP for my services. Is your GP willing to refer you? Why not ask next time you are in the surgery?