Anne Milton MP and Tim Baxter take questions from the audience on the future of public health system reform.
This was recorded at our 2011 Public health system reform summit.
The way to reduce health inequalities is to identify the cause, and eliminate it. I believe that the cause is that the rich access complementary therapy to prevent sickness, so suffer long term conditions 18 years later (and die 9 years later) than the poor, who are excluded by inability to pay. The solution is to integrate the best of complementary therapy (NICE-recommended) into the NHS, as called for by the Foundation for Integrated Health, and Prince Charles in his address to the health ministers of the world in May 2006. If rolled out across the country this could halve the public health statistics by 2016. I was present and asked several questions about the future role of complementary therapy, and got unsatisfactory answers. Prof Mike Kelly confirmed that there are NICE recommended complementary therapies which should be commissioned, quoshing the response that there is no evidence for them. They have the gold standard, and patients have the statutory right to them under the NHS consititution