• Professor George Lewith: 1950 – 2017

It is with great sadness that we report the death of CNHC Board member Professor George Lewith who passed away on 17th March 2017.

George had been a member of CNHC’s Board since 2012 during which time he played a significant role in supporting our work through his great skill as a strategic thinker and his knowledge and passion for this work.

George was a GP and Professor of Health Research. He was the first doctor in England to receive specialist training in Complementary Medicine and went on to set up the Complementary and Integrated Medicine Research Unit at the University of Southampton where he led a research group of international excellence. He was also one of the founder members and Trustee of the Research Council for Complementary Medicine.

He was passionate about the importance of building the scientific evidence base for complementary medicine and was particularly driven in engaging and supporting young people wishing to develop their research careers.

George was a champion of complementary healthcare during his long career. He challenged people to think differently and was both robust and compassionate in his approach.

CNHC Chair, Michael Watson commented: “George will be very sadly missed by all at CNHC and by the many people who have known him throughout the world of complementary health and care. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.”

• URGENT – respond to save charities providing complementary healthcare

CNHC has received details of a consultation being carried out by the Charity Commission which is ‘reviewing its approach to registering as charities organisations which are established to use or promote complementary or alternative medicines.’

The question seems to be about the type of evidence the Charity Commission should accept when considering whether an organisation can have charitable status. Details on the government website state the following: ‘The Commission says that it must rely on evidence to be assured that there is public benefit, and the consultation focuses on the nature of evidence it should require of organisations using or promoting CAM that apply to register as charities.’

CNHC will be responding to this consultation and we urge any organisation which provides access to complementary healthcare to respond, with details of public benefit. Research evidence will be extremely important in this case.

The consultation closes on 20 May at 12.00pm. Full details can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/charity-regulator-consults-on-its-approach-to-organisations-promoting-complementary-and-alternative-medicines


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