P-05-1114 Allow traditional acupuncturists in Wales to practice during lockdowns



P-05-1114 Allow traditional acupuncturists in Wales to practice during lockdowns


This petition was submitted by Gwenan Evans having collected a total of 1,022 signatures.


Text of Petition:                     

We are urging the Welsh Government to re-classify traditional acupuncture alongside similar medical treatments for illness or injury, so that acupuncture clinics can remain open during this and any future lockdowns. During the Welsh firebreak lockdown chiropractors, osteopaths and physiotherapists have been allowed to treat patients who need urgent care. They are seen as essential health service providers.


Additional Information:

However, acupuncturists were named by the Welsh Government as close contact services (listed alongside tattoo and hair and beauty services) having to close during the firebreak, despite frequently seeing patients who need urgent care.


We strongly feel that acupuncturists should be allowed to continue to treat patients, which will in turn help to reduce the pressure on the NHS. Acupuncture has been approved by NICE for many conditions, and the Professional Standards Authority has agreed with the British Acupuncture Council that acupuncture is directly comparable to osteopathy and chiropractic.


Conditions treated by traditional acupuncturists include severe lower back pain, sciatica, anxiety, stress, migraines and chronic conditions such as Long Tail Covid, for which the NHS has little to offer.


Please consider signing this petition so our Government can see how many people believe traditional acupuncture to be an essential healthcare service.





This petition was considered completed by the Petitions Committee at its meeting on 09/02/2021.


The Committee considered the petition for the first time and in light of the petitioner’s satisfaction that the latest version of the Coronavirus regulations lists acupuncture services as “exempt premises”, which can open if they are providing medical treatments, it agreed to close the petition and thank the petitioner.


Full details of the consideration of this petitions by the committee and related documents can be seen on the Meetings tab above.

It was first considered by the Petitions Committee on 09/02/2021.



Senedd Constituency and Region

  • Cardiff South and Penarth
  • South Wales Central


Further information



Business type: Petition

Reason considered: Senedd Business;

Status: Complete

First published: 01/02/2021