The Charity Commission is currently conducting a consultation as part of its review into whether organisations that promote CAM therapies are deserving of charity status. To be registered as a charity the commission considers a number of factors, including whether the organisation’s purposes are beneficial to the public, and whether any potential harm may outweigh the benefits.
This is the latest, and perhaps most underhand, attack by the Good Thinking Society, who continue to demonstrate a flagrant disregard for patient choice, on complementary and alternative treatments. The consultation has potential implications for the Faculty, so members are encouraged to take part in the consultation which closes on 19 May 2017. Click here for the full overview of the consultation. Submissions can be made via email to email@example.com.
The Commission stresses that is not seeking views on:
- whether or not CAM therapies in general, or any particular CAM therapies, are effective
- what evidence may exist in support of or against the efficacy of any particular CAM therapy
- whether or not any particular organisation should be, or should continue to be registered as a charity
- the Commission’s approach to registering charities generally
As such, comments concerning these matters will not be taken into account and will have no bearing on the outcome of the consultation. The Faculty is submitting its own response. Please take the chance to submit your views - for guidance on preparing a response please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.