NHS Lanarkshire is asking the public for their views on whether the health board should continue to use services provided by the Centre for Integrative Care (CIC, formerly known as the Glasgow Homoeopathic Hospital).
The consultation is part of a review process, which has been underway since November 2012, which has been examining the case for and against continuing to use the services provided by the CIC.
A review group set up to undertake this work – which included clinicians and representatives from NHS Lanarkshire staff, the CIC as well as patients and public – has produced the consultation report which people are now being asked for their views on.
The public paper outlines the case for:
• Retaining current services unchanged
• Ceasing new referrals to the services provided by CIC
It also details the types of local services that new patients would be able to access if a decision is taken to end new referrals to the CIC.
Chair of the review group, NHS Lanarkshire director for public health Harpreet Kohli, said: “The roots of this review go all the way back to autumn 2010 when NHS Lanarkshire’s Clinical Effectiveness Group was asked to consider the service model of homoeopathy following a report by the House Of Commons Science and Technology Committee in the same year.
“The Lanarkshire NHS Board agreed that a review be carried out and over the past year the review group has been gathering evidence, views and experiences from a host of sources including service users, GPs and staff to help inform the review.
“The consultation document has captured these views and has presented them in a balanced manner to help people answer the question posed in an informed way.”
The consultation process started on 10 January 2014 and will continue for a three month period concluding on Friday 11 April.
North Lanarkshire Public Patient Forum (PPF) representative, Ann Muir, who also sat on the review group added: “I hope that people take this opportunity to look over the document, consider the cases put and make their views known.
“The document is only around 20 pages in length so it won’t take long to look over.
“It’s also very easy to give your opinion which you can do electronically or by post.”
You can view the consultation document and submit your views by visiting: http://www.nhslanarkshire.org.uk/Involved/consultation/homoeopathy/Pages/default.aspx
You can also request a copy of the document by post by writing to: NHS Lanarkshire, Homoeopathy Consultation, NHS Lanarkshire Headquarters, Kirklands Hospital, Bothwell G71 8BB.
or call 01698 858269.
The consultation will close at 5pm on Friday 11 April 2014.