A cross-party group of MPs has launched an investigation into the importance of complementary therapies in supporting physical and mental health as well as wellbeing and taking pressure off the NHS.
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Beauty and Wellbeing (APPG BAW), co-chaired by Carolyn Harris MP and Judith Cummins MP, is exploring how complementary therapies can support health, in particular now that the pandemic changed demand for these services.
As well as investigating the influence of complementary practices on personal and societal health, the group will also evaluate the skills gaps facing the industry, consider how to ensure the viability of businesses and jobs, and review potential government interventions to support the sector’s future.
The group has called for written evidence to better understand:
- the value the sector brings to the UK’s economy and society
- how complementary treatments can play a preventative role in supporting health and wellbeing
- how complementary therapies can support those with existing health conditions
- how the NHS and the complementary therapy sector can better integrate
- the skills gap facing the industry
- how to ensure the long-term growth of the sector
- how to ensure those that work in it are able to make a good wage.