What Happened to the Regulation of Acupuncture in the UK?
Do you remember that time not so long ago, when we held the idea of statutory regulation of acupuncture close to our bosom? Well, what ever happened to it?
It seems the practice of acupuncture in the UK hasn't gotten any better and in fact has gotten worse. More and more physiotherapists, doctors and the like are performing acupuncture. The public are experiencing acupuncture first through physiotherapists.
Governing associations such as the British Acupuncture Council don't seem to be holding our best interests to heart. In face, it seems that they are advocating the practice of acupuncture by the likes of physiotherapists. Where does that leave us more qualified acupuncturists?
Have we been totally shafted?
(More) Conferences are not a solution.
I absolutely agree that BAcC are weak and toothless. I joined as a student in 1999 when they were saying all the same things, 'We'll protect your training and professional qualifications'. They also used to talk about dry needling and medical acupuncture as being different to TCM and that they should not use the word 'acupuncture' to describe these systems, which was great ...until they backed down and the medical acupuncturists were welcomed into BAcC.
Originally Posted by Steve Owens
I had a medical acu practitioner call me up for advice last year. "How many treatments does it take to cure morning sickness? So i asked her if she had any syndrome diagnosis training, which she didn't. I had to advise that really the accuracy of the diagnosis is the (only) way to get a good and fast response, and without any she was going to really struggle. I was polite and encouraged her to go and get some more training which she said she would do. But how are the public supposed to know who to go and see??
I left BAcC and i have not regretted it. I am insured very well by the CtHA for £125/ year and i have not had any problems generating work without them. If i had stayed with BAcC i would have by now, paid them £10,000 in membership fees, which is pretty steep for inclusion on a website...
Now IF they had actually done anything to inform the public about who we are, what our training is, and about 'the others' who use needles, i'd have been happy to support them to have their nice smart offices in London to do it. But i don't see any support for us at all. Conferences are not what i want. It's like having the civil service running a post office. There really aren't that many of us. We all want the same thing, we want our profession protected so the public know who to choose. If you can't do it through legislation then do it through education.