UK to stop funding homeopathy medicines


Though it is a well-known fact that homeopathy is useless and equal to placebo, a large amount of scarce public resources are wasted on it by many governments all over the world. Now one such wastage will be stopped soon. The National Health Service in United Kingdom is proposing a ban on providing homeopathy medicines.

 The NHS has announced a ban on homeopathy and herbal medicine as they say it is “misuse of scarce funds”.

Officials today ruled that the treatments are among dozens of medicines which should not be funded by the health service.

In the last five years, the NHS has spent almost £600,000 on homeopathic treatment, despite long running debate about whether alternative remedies work.

Today NHS England ruled that “at best homeopathy is a placebo and a misuse of scarce NHS funds which could be better devoted to treatments that work.”

Prof Edzard Ernst, Emeritus Professor, University of Exeter, a leading critic of alternative medicine, said the decision to stop funding homeopathy was “long overdue”.

“Since it was first invented ~200 years ago, homeopathy has been criticised for flying in the face of science and common sense.

“We have now known for decades that the most reliable studies fail to show that highly diluted homeopathic remedies are more than placebos.

“The NHS has a legal, moral and ethical duty to spend our scarce funds wisely; I cannot think of a less prudent way to spend them than on homeopathy,” he said.

In contrast sadly India is embracing pseudo science more and more.

Comments

  1. Callinectes says

    This was motivated less by rational thought and more by the desperate need to survive in the face of the Conservatives’ ongoing plans to defund the NHS and sell it off piecemeal to private interests.

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