Homeopathy on NHS in decline

NHS turns away from homeopathy after claims of lack of evidence

Homeopathic treatments available on the NHS are in severe decline, after a lack of evidence that they work.

New figures have revealed that over a fifth of NHS trusts have cancelled or reduced funding of homeopathy over the last two years following a campaign by scientists to do away with alternative therapies from the NHS.

Homeopathy is based on diluting in water or alcohol substances that would otherwise be poisonous, however scientists say the solutions are weakened so much that they no longer contain any active ingredients at all.

One professor, Michael Baum, a professor of surgery at University College London, was one scientist who rallied against homeopathy, describing it as ‘cheap and nasty medicine’ and a ‘cruel deception’.

The clinical director of the London Homeopathic hospital said: ‘It’s simply not true to say there’s no evidence.’ Whilst Richard Hoey, deputy editor of GP publication Pulse said: ‘If the NHS is now going to stop providing homeopathy, that needs to be a decision taken in the full glare of public debate, and not made in the committee rooms of cash-strapped trusts.’

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