HC Deb 17 May 1994 vol 243 c420W
Mr. Alex Carlile

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many representations she has received concerning the inclusion of nutritional therapy in the national health service; what was the nature of these representations; and if she will make a statement.

Mr. Sackville

Representations have been received from an organisation called the Society for the Promotion of Nutritional Therapy.

The availability of nutritional therapy within the national health service will depend—as with orthodox medicine—on the clinical judgment of the responsible clinician in respect of individual patients and on decisions taken locally by district health authorities, general practitioner fundholders and family health services authorities on how they should best use their funds to meet the health needs of the local population.