News Release - Integrated Healthcare Collaborative and Shiatsu Society UK
- June 26th
Inconsistent government lockdown easing policies lack scientific basis and clarity says Integrated Healthcare Collaborative (IHC)
The Integrated Healthcare Collaborative (IHC), of which the Shiatsu Society is a Core Member, has written to the Prime Minister to demand the government explains its scientific justification for preventing complementary healthcare workers from returning to practice.
The complementary, traditional and natural healthcare industry has been fully supportive of, and compliant with, the government’s measures to control the spread of Covid-19. As such, the majority of practitioners and therapists have been unable to provide consultations in person, although many have continued to support clients remotely where possible.
However, in recent weeks, the government has allowed professions, such as physiotherapists and podiatrists, who practise in a setting and mode of practice akin to complementary, traditional and natural healthcare workers, to return to work. In addition, hairdressers and barbers, who also provide close contact services, have now been told by the government that they too can return to work, as long as they take precautions.
The IHC is concerned that there does not appear to be any logic, clarity, or scientific basis to the government’s decision-making in this area. Indeed, many complementary healthcare workers believe that this policy is unfair, inconsistent, and discriminatory. The result is that this valuable sector of the healthcare workforce, and clients who use their services, continue to suffer.
Healthcare professionals in this sector contribute to the physical and mental health and wellbeing of millions of people across the UK. They want to return to practice as soon as possible, but cannot, because of this continued confusion and non-science-based policy-making by the government.
The IHC has asked the Prime Minister to publish the government’s scientific advice and justification for continuing to prevent the return to practice of this sector of the healthcare workforce, and to provide clarity on when they will be able to do so.
The Shiatsu Society is working hard with its colleagues in the IHC to hold the government to account in this matter, and to take action so that our members can return to work quickly and safely.
Shiatsu Society Statement - June 24th
Following the Government announcement on the 23rd June 2020, we would like to confirm that the Shiatsu Society position has not changed. Our advice to members is to continue suspending face-to-face contact as social distancing is still required.
We continue to advise you to follow Government Guidelines and refer to the Government website.
If you are based in Scotland also check the NHS Inform Scotland and Public Health Scotland websites and for Wales see Public Health Wales.
Please be assured we are following government statements closely and will be keeping you abreast of changes as they happen.
Wishing you all patience and fortitude in these challenging times.
Shiatsu Society Board Directors
Shiatsu Society Statement - March 20th
Advice to Members to suspend face to face contact until further notice
Until now we have left decisions on continuing with clinical practice up to individual members but last night our partner organisation CNHC issued the following statement and we’ve decided that the Shiatsu Society should also take this position:
We don’t yet know if this advice from your own professional organisation will assist you with insurance or benefit claims, any information that you can share with us would be gratefully received and disseminated
Here’s a link to current government guidelines:
Until now we have avoided a blanket suggestion to cease Shiatsu treatments because of the important role of our therapy in healthcare. There have been emails and facebook posts calling for a stronger stance from us and we do ask that you remember we are juggling our role as Directors with our personal and professional lives! We also respect your autonomy and your capacity to make individual decisions, but the landscape has changed again and we must act fairly and responsibly for the greater goodHowever we also recognise that this is a very serious challenge to self-employed practitioners with no alternative income stream and we’ll all be looking at ways in which we can creatively continue both to support our clients and to survive financially
We’ll be updating you regularly as the situation unfolds and meanwhile wishing you all the best of health and spirits!