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A film highlighting the diverse and high-level work being carried out by acupuncturists across the UK has been unveiled at a parliamentary reception in the House of Commons today [Wednesday 11 March, 2020], alongside an international report.

Against a backdrop of chronic underfunding and workforce shortages in the NHS, the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) is stepping up its efforts to position acupuncture as a viable healthcare choice for a range of conditions.

The event, held in the Thames Pavilion at the House of Commons, was sponsored by Virendra Sharma MP.

The 30-minute film – To The Point –  showcases practitioners at work in settings including an NHS cancer unit, a mosque near Grenfell Tower, a paediatric clinic and a multibed clinic. The report – The Scope of Acupuncture – highlights best practice being carried out by acupuncturists around the world.

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A film highlighting the diverse and high-level work being carried out by acupuncturists across the UK will be unveiled at a Parliamentary reception in the House of Commons on Wednesday 11 March, alongside a report on the scope of acupuncture around the world.

The event, which was originally scheduled to take place in November 2019 to mark World Acupuncture Day, had to be postponed due to the General Election.

Against a backdrop of chronic underfunding and workforce shortages in the NHS, the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) is now stepping up its efforts to position acupuncture as a viable healthcare choice for a range of conditions.

Wednesday, 11 December 2019 08:24

British Acupuncture Council appoints new CEO

The British Acupuncture Council has announced the appointment of a new chief executive officer, who will start her role today [11 December 2019]. Jennifer Norton has worked for the past 13 years in the charitable sector at senior management level and has a wealth of experience in the membership sector.

She replaces interim CEO Teresa Williams who left the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) in September.

Ms Norton said: 'I am honoured and excited to take up the role of CEO at the British Acupuncture Council. As someone who is passionate about the dissemination of science to support best practice, I look forward to working closely with staff, the chair and the governing board.

The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) has written to the editor of the Guardian newspaper requesting corrections to an article it published on 6th November.

The article, entitled ‘Doctors call for tighter regulation of traditional Chinese medicine’, makes assertions about the safety of acupuncture which the BAcC claim are misleading.

Among the claims is that a systematic review in 2017 on the safety of acupuncture found “many injuries, infections and adverse events”. This, according to the BAcC is a substantial misrepresentation of the evidence.

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