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UK Government response confirms place of homeopathy in the NHS

On 26 July 2010 the UK Government responded to the Science and Technology Committee report ‘Evidence Check2: Homeopathy’. The Government reaffirms homeopathy belongs in the NHS where patients can best benefit from doctors integrating it into healthcare. 

The response clearly states that ‘local NHS and clinicians, rather than Whitehall, are best placed to make decisions on what treatment is appropriate for their patients – including complementary or alternative treatments such as homeopathy – and provide accordingly for those treatments.’

Dr Sara Eames, President of the UK Faculty of Homeopathy states: ‘As a doctor who practices homeopathy on the NHS, I know homeopathy is an important part of our health service helping tens of thousands of patients annually, a majority of whom have not been helped sufficiently with conventional treatments. I am pleased to see the government, contrary to the recommendations of the Science and Technology’s report, agrees that homeopathy has a place in the NHS  and offers choice to both patients and local purchasers of healthcare.’

‘I am pleased to see that the government’s response embraces patients’ right to make informed choices about healthcare,’ notes British Homeopathic Association Chief Executive, Cristal Sumner.  ‘This response makes it quite clear that this choice includes complementary medicine and homeopathy more particularly, which is a welcome affirmation to all current and potential patients across the UK.’

To see the full government response click here.

To see commentary on Science and Technology report click here.

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