MP suggests we should look to China for healthcare model

This article from the Hinckley Times reports that Bosworth MP David Tredinnick has suggested the Government take note of the medical system in China in a bid to promote integrated care and reduce reliance on antibiotics while endorsing herbal health therapies.
Speaking in the House of Commons the long-time advocate of alternative medicine urged discussion between the Whitehall health chiefs.

Bosworth MP David Tredinnick has suggested the Government take note of the medical system in China in a bid to promote integrated care and reduce reliance on antibiotics while endorsing herbal health therapies.
Speaking in the House of Commons the long-time advocate of alternative medicine urged discussion between the Whitehall health chiefs.
The Conservative MP’s call came as the Government looks to a report which recommends against regulating herbal medicines and practitioners as there is little scientific proof of either public risk or positive patient outcomes.
Mr Tredinnick asked of Alistair Burt, minister of state for health: “As my right hon friend considers integrating and improving care outside hospitals, will he discuss with the secretary of state the medical system in the People’s Republic of China, which brings together western medicine, herbal medicine and acupuncture and which is bearing down on the demand for antibiotics?
“Before he responds to the Report on the Regulation of Herbal Medicines and Practitioners, will he look very carefully at dispensing arrangements for the small-scale assembly of herbal products, something the government of the People’s Republic of China are very interested in?”
The report from Professor David Walker acknowledged the issue of whether and how to regulate practitioners of herbal medicine was the most contentious area of the review.
In the document Prof Walker said: “The majority of herbal practitioners on the working group were in favour of statutory regulation of practitioners on the grounds that it would protect public safety by ensuring that practitioners were properly trained and that their practice could be assured by a regulatory body.

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