In my previous post about Nottinghamshire NHS and Homeopathy, I mentioned that I have been sent two documents. This post is about the second document – it has the catchy title: “APPENDIX A Schedule of ‘Low Priority’ Treatments”.
The document consists of a table listing “Interventions” and their corresponding Nottinghamshire NHS status. I was pleased to see “Not funded” listed next to many alternative and/or not clinically proven medical treatments:
- Spinal Cord Stimulation for Chronic Pain – Not funded
- Acupuncture for pain relief – Funded only where recommended by consultant in pain clinic
- Acupuncture for purposes other than pain relief, including smoking cessation – Not funded
- Osteopathy and chiropractic – Not funded unless an agreed care pathway is already in place
- Glucosamine – Not funded
- Herbal remedies – Not funded
- Homeopathy – Not funded
- Chinese medicines – Not funded
- Aromatherapy – Not funded although sometimes offered in hospices and other palliative care settings
- Massage – Not funded
- Reflexology – Not funded
- Hypnotherapy – Not funded
Yes, there are a few “sometimes offered” in the list above, but not many.
Well done, Nottinghamshire NHS – saving the tax payer money.
I bet David Tredinnick is glad he is not an MP in Nottinghamshire!
Here is the full (2 page Word) document: APPENDIX A Schedule of ‘Low Priority’ Treatments