MPs criticise UK government’s science adviser for stance on homoeopathyBMJ 2009; 338 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b331 (Published 26 January 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b331
- Jacqui Wise
MPs have made a scathing attack on John Beddington, the chief scientific adviser, over his defence of government policy on homoeopathy.
The report by the House of Commons’ innovation, universities, science, and skills committee, published this week, states, “We are surprised that rather than champion evidence based science within government he appears to see his role as defending government policy or, in the case of homoeopathy, explaining why there is no clear government policy.”
The government currently funds homoeopathic remedies through four specialist NHS hospitals. Phil Willis, the committee chairman, asked Professor Beddington whether he considered the NHS should spend money on homoeopathic treatments. He replied, “I see no evidence beyond the placebo effect that it works.” But he went on to …