THE WHAT? A group of cross-party MPs in the UK have raised an investigation into the value of complementary therapies in order to support everyone’s physical health, mental health and wellbeing and taking pressure off the NHS.
THE DETAILS The group is co-chaired by Carolyn Harris MP and Judith Cummins MP, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Beauty and Wellbeing (APPG BAW).
The group is calling for written evidence to better understand questions such as the value the sector brings to the UK’s economy and society, how the NHS can be better integrated within the sector, and how the pandemic changed demand for these services.
THE WHY? According to a press release, the investigation will explore how ‘complementary therapies can support everyone’s health, 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.’
Carolyn Harris MP and Judith Cummins MP, Co-Chairs of the APPG BAW said: “Great steps have been made to secure the beauty industry greater recognition in Parliament and Government, however the value of complementary therapies in supporting everyone’s health is not being adequately recognised.
“Treatments such as massage can play a vital role in helping those with long-term health conditions manage their symptoms. Equally, highly-trained complementary therapists can play a preventative role in helping identifying health conditions in their clients.
“With our NHS under increasing pressure, it is more important than ever that the benefits of complementary therapies are recognised.
“We look forward to receiving representations from across the industry as we seek to make recommendations to the Government on to support the sector’s future, and ensure it’s role in supporting the UK’s health is maximised.”