Prince’s holistic health charity shuts down

Wednesday 5th May, 2010

The Prince of Wales Foundation for Integrated Health has been shut down days after a former official was arrested for fraud.

The Trust, which was founded in 1993 to help promote the use of complementary therapy alongside conventional medicine, had planned to shut down but announced the closure was brought forward as a result of a fraud investigation of the charity.

Following a criminal investigation into £300,000 of unaccounted funds, a 49 year-old man and a 54 year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of fraud and money laundering.

The Trust’s statement can be seen in full below:

The Trustees of The Prince’s Foundation for Integrated Health have decided to close the charity. Whilst the closure has been planned for many months and is part of an agreed strategy, the Trustees have brought forward the closure timetable as a result of a fraud investigation at the charity.

The Trustees feel that The Foundation has achieved its key objective of promoting the use of integrated health. Since The Foundation was set up in 1993, integrated health has become part of the mainstream healthcare agenda, with over half a million patients using complementary therapies each year, alongside conventional medicine.

From 2000-2007, at the request of the Department of Health, The Foundation ran a regulation programme which resulted in the creation, in 2008, of an independent self-regulatory body for complementary therapy, called the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council.

On 1st April 2010, the Secretary of State for Health announced plans to introduce statutory regulation for herbalists and to consider the equivalent for acupuncture.

The Trustees believe that the best way of promoting integrated healthcare in the future is through the networks of specialist practitioners which the charity has helped to establish.

These networks have brought together specialists and proponents of integrated healthcare, such as doctors, nurses, clinicians, consultants, scientists and students.



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