§ Mr. Tredinnick
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the standards, qualifications and levels of competence of GPs providing extra services in the form of one or more of the non-conventional/complementary therapies are assessed and monitored; and by whom.
§ Dr. Mawhinney
General practitioners are required by their terms of service to render all necessary and appropriate medical services to their patients. When GPs provide services personally it is for them to ensure that they are appropriately qualified and competent to do so. GPs are responsible for the actions of staff they employ and their terms of service require them to be satisfied that employees are appropriately qualified and competent. GPs can obtain advice on qualifications and competence from their family health services authorities or the relevant associations which represent a particular complementary therapy.