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BAcC maintains position on right to continue working in England

BAcC maintains position on right to continue working in England

We have carefully reviewed the list of business closures issued by the Government late on 14 January and are assured that we do not fall within the ‘Traditional Chinese Medicine’ category for the purpose of the closures. This list of closures refers to ‘Traditional Chinese Medicine’ in the context of retail and the selling of products. In contrast, our members provide medical treatments which have been given exemption under Personal Care Facilities and Close Contact Services.

This position is echoed by the Government in its closure list under Personal Care Facilities and Close Contact Services:

‘Personal care services provided for essential medical and health needs, which cannot be deferred, may continue. For example, treatments for a diagnosed health condition or injury that is currently causing severe pain or mobility issues, or severely impacting quality of life, or for cosmetic treatments associated with cancer treatment. This does not extend to services provided for general stress relief, relaxation or preventative healthcare purposes. The guidance on safer working in the Close Contact Services should be followed.’

Furthermore, the BAcC, through the Professional Standards Authority (PSA), sought and received reassurance from the Department of Health and Social Care regarding accredited registers.

The BAcC, (and other accredited registers) have been provided clarification for our members’ position. The guidance below is from the PSA: 


The BAcC contends that as accredited acupuncturists providing medical and health treatments, aligned with the PSA, we do not fall within the business closure listing updated on 14 January and members practising in England may maintain the position of treating patients with urgent medical needs.

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