§ Mr. David Atkinson
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance is issued to health authorities and general practice fund holders on the purchase of complementary and alternative medical services.
§ Dr. Mawhinney
Our guidance makes it clear that we expect general practitioner fund holders to purchase high-quality and cost-effective care. We have not issued guidance on purchasing specific services as this is a matter of clinical judgment. Fund holders may employ alternative practitioners using the staff element of their fund.