Other bloggers as well as DZ have commented on the appropriateness of providing alternative therapies on the NHS. One would have thought that the decision of the Parliamentary Science Select Committee to recommend that homeopathy not be available on the NHS would have marked the beginning of the end for the practice of witchcraft but this seems to be a beast that will not die.
So hats off to Wrexham Maelor Hospital, (Chief Executive Mary Burrows). When one of their midwives acquired a diploma in aromatherapy she was told that she was not permitted to use it on the Trust’s patients. With an arrogance typical of CAM practitioners she chose to ignore that instruction and offered aromatherapy to a parturient with a headache. She obviously did not explain the therapy terribly well as the patient drank the aromatherapy oils, causing some consternation. Fortunately she came to no harm.
The witch, sorry midwife, subsequently jumped before she was pushed and resigned her post, but did not get away without consequences. The Nursing and Midwifery Council struck her off.
So well done to Betsi Cadwalader Health Board, and well done to the Nursing and Midwifery Council.