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Where do their health loyalties lie?

From Dr Kailash Chand

Ashton-under-Lyne

Lancashire

The authors of the letter in the Times criticising the role of complementary medicine are behaving like old-fashioned guardians of mainstream medicine, more concerned with the health of the pharmaceutical industry than the health of our nation.

Without exception, they are hospital consultants or clinical scientists, and none represents general practice or primary care.

About half of GPs in Britain already provide access to some form of alternative or complementary therapies. Access to alternative therapies should be a matter of choice.

Describing alternative medicine as an 'implausible treatment' patronises the one in four members of the public who wants to see complementary medicine on the NHS.

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