HC 1048-III Health CommitteeWritten evidence from John Kapp (PH 185)

Summary

The cause of health inequalities is that the rich can afford to, and do access complementary therapy, and the poor cannot afford it, so suffer untreated and uninformed. The way to eliminate health inequalities is therefore to mass-provide NICE-recommended complementary therapies free at the point of use, on GP prescription. The main treatments which are clinically appropriate for most patients, are the Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) eight week course for depression under CG23, and CG123, spinal manipulation and acupuncture for low back pain, under CG88.

Administration

I have created the Social Enterprise Complementary Therapy Company to contract with public health commissioners to administer this, and to provide patients with their statutory right to NICE-recommended treatments if their doctor says it is clinically appropriate. For details, see our website www.sectco.org. which contains many papers about this subject.

June 2011

Prepared 28th November 2011