On Monday 1 December Harriette Brennan (Upper Sixth, Vanbrugh) and Beth Mulloy (Upper Sixth, Swift) won the first round of the prestigious ESU Mace debate and will now progress to the regional round.
They stood in opposition to the motion arguing that alternative therapies should not be funded by the NHS. It was a closely fought debate which considered issues of trust in the medical profession; the distinction between alternative and complementary therapies; and how NICE can legitimise future drug therapies in the UK. This proved a highly emotive topic for speakers and audience alike. Both Harriette and Beth spoke with calm determination, sticking to the facts, in their well-researched and persuasive arguments. We look forward to their continued success in the competition.