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Local bodies should decide whether to fund homoeopathy, says government

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c4073 (Published 27 July 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4073
  1. Caroline White
  1. 1London

    England’s Department of Health has rejected demands to stop funding the use of homoeopathy in the NHS, saying that local primary care trusts should be left to make up their own minds as to whether the treatment is appropriate for their patients.

    The decision has been branded as “shameful” by those opposed to the public funding of homoeopathy.

    The move comes after the publication of a report in February this year by the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee that concluded that homoeopathy is a placebo treatment that deceives patients and could therefore damage the implicit trust between doctor and patient (BMJ 2010;340:c1091, doi:10.1136/bmj.c1091).

    The report said that a mismatch …

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