Statutory regulation is essential

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7061.882 (Published 05 October 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:882
  1. K D Phillips, Consultant hypnotherapist
  1. 10 Harley Street, London W1N 1AA

    EDITOR,—I am distressed by the lack of insight implicit in Julie Stone's editorial when she says that “statutory regulation is unnecessary for therapies other than those capable of causing direct physical harm.”1 Physical harm is usually easily recognisable and corrected. Psychological harm can blight the remainder of a patient's life and be extraordinarily difficult to rectify. For example, a patient of mine …

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