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Giving homoeopathy on the NHS is unethical and unreliable, MPs are told

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 27 November 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b5080
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

    Experts have described the practice of prescribing homoeopathic medicines on the NHS as unethical, unreliable, and pointless.

    Several witnesses giving evidence to MPs on the parliamentary science and technology committee on 25 November questioned the wisdom of giving such remedies to patients in an NHS setting.

    The committee was holding a one-off evidence session on homoeopathy as part of an investigation of the scientific evidence that underpins the government’s existing policies.

    MPs asked about the ethical dimension and James Thallon, medical director of NHS West Kent, giving evidence, said: “I’m not saying that it does not happen, but in principle if you prescribe with that which you know to have no clinical efficacy on …

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