Sunday, December 10, 2006

Chapter 21 - The Future of the NHS

This is a summary of chapter 21 - integrating alternative health. It was written by Dr Mosaraf Ali, who after qualifying as a doctor continued his studies into complementary medicine. With continuous help and encouragement from Prince Charles he established a clinic where both complementary and conventional treatments are integrated. He opened the Integrated Medical Centre in London with a team of fifteen doctors and therapists.

In this chapter he focuses on ‘Integrated Medicine’ – a combination of conventional, complementary and traditional medicines. He sets the basis of integrated medicine as the patients’ participation in creating their own health. He argues that integrated medicine should be incorporated into the NHS and that primary healthcare physicians should be trained in its principles.

He suggests that the NHS should cast aside reservations about integrated health and should embrace it. He also adds that as many diseases could be arrested at the grassroots level this would have the knock on effect of reducing the burdens on the more expensive hospital and specialised treatment.
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