Ministers to launch consultation on whether Homeopathy should be banned from NHS prescriptions.
Words: Natalia Branco, Subeditor: Aled Scudamore
The Department of Health is to review how much the NHS spends on homeopathy in 2016. The move was due to the Good Thinking Society‘s campaining for homeopathic treatment to be included in the NHS blacklist, which would prevent any public money to be used on this type of treatment.
In a declaration released on the Society’s website, it declared that “with limited resources available to the NHS, we feel it’s crucially important that patients have access to the best treatments, which means ensuring money is not wasted on treatments that are neither effective nor cost-effective.”
Even though this type of alternative medicine was included in the NHS coverage, the efficiency of homeopathy is questioned on NHS’s website. It stated: “The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee said there is no evidence that homeopathy is effective as a treatment for any health condition.”
In a short statement, the President of the Faculty of Homeopathy, Dr Helen Beaumont responded to the news: “It’s disappointing that at a time when the NHS is facing a funding crisis the Department of Health (DH) is embarking on a costly consultation that could prevent highly skilled clinicians prescribing a course of treatment that benefits thousands of patients each year.”
The Doctor still suggested that the Department of Health should question the spends on the medicine prescribed for mild depression “in vast quantities” instead.