The new guideline on depression should have been published by now but exceptionally, NICE have come up with a second draft. Unfortunately, this draft is as bad as the first one, with no place for acupuncture.
Last time – September 2017 – only the BAcC and Hugh MacPherson from the University of York gave feedback on the acupuncture content. This time, once again we have made robust criticism of their methods, for they seem designed to disadvantage acupuncture, as was the case for both osteoarthritis and back pain. This second round of invited comments will be considered but not formally replied to, nor posted on the NICE website. We are using every possible channel available to us and will keep you updated but it’s most unlikely that NICE will change the guideline recommendations at this late stage.