GP Letters, calls & emails: Scottish GPs cannier on alternativetherapy

Dear Editor

I found your article on magnet therapy interesting (GP, 10 March).

However, a recent email from Alastair Thorburn, our prescribing adviser in NHS Lanarkshire Primary Care Division, says: 'Following news reports from England that magnet wrap bandages have been added to the English Drug Tariff, please note that this does not apply in Scotland and magnet therapy is definitely not allowed on NHS prescription.'

Does this again go to show that you are somewhat more gullible in England regarding so-called alternative treatments, or are we more cost-aware up here, and, as we are limited in what we can prescribe, we choose tried-and-tested rather than arty-farty new ideas which are derived from popular newspaper articles as opposed to accepted scientific tomes?

Dr Colin Lees, Airdrie, North Lanarkshire.

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