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phil evans (aandpevans@hotmail.com)
Date:Tue 10 Nov 2009 16:56:27 GMT
Subject:the risks of the pro-SR campaign

If Statutory Regulation doesn't happen, and we are now being told by those who are most in favour of it that it is "unlikely to go ahead", then continuing to state that herbalists are posing a danger to the public, as the pro-SR campaign is doing, actually does nothing but put the herbal profession at risk, as the government may think it needs to do something about this danger that some herbalists say exists, but not by regulating herbalists; instead they might go and make herbal medicine 'GP-only'.
In fact the government cannot regulate herbalists, as the Report of the Working Group on Extending Professional Regulation makes clear (the public consultation was delayed for over a year to allow this Report to be produced): it says that candidates for regulation must have an evidence-base for their practice, in order to maintain public confidence in regulated professionals. We are being told by the pro-SR lobby that the "big hitters" have entered the arena and have objected to the Steering Group's proposals: this was no doubt referring to the medical profession, who as we know have always said there is no evidence for what herbalists do, and who are against the SR of herbalists on the basis that it would give credibility to a profession that has no evidence-base for its practice (which is true, in the terms they and the government use): there is no way the government will regulate herbalists if the medical profession does not want it, otherwise they would have a revolt on their hands.
We would urge all pro-SR people to think again about the possible danger they are putting the herbal profession into by continuing to say that there is a risk to the public out there in the form of dangerous herbalists, particularly when there is no accumulated evidence, only anecdote, to support this: any risk can only be potential and not actual until it is supported by evidence.

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chris caton (herbalist.c.caton@btinternet.com)
Date:Mon 21 Sep 2009 10:49:30 BST
Subject:Supporters Involvement Very Welcome

Hi Everyone
We've set up this forum so that our supporters can be more involved with the campaign. We'd love to hear your thoughts, how you can help, any skills you have that might be put to good use, any news from abroad or other therapies.
We really need help from everyone at the moment to spread the word, increase signatures on petition and get people to respond to the DH Consultation Document by 2nd November.

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