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Health board’s decision to stop funding homeopathy is upheld by judicial review

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 08 September 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4797
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1The BMJ

A senior judge has decisively rejected a patient’s legal challenge to Lothian Health Board’s decision to stop funding homeopathy services on the NHS.

Homeopathy has been available in parts of the United Kingdom since the health service was founded in 1948, and the NHS still spends £3m to £5m (€4.1m to €6.8m; $4.6m to $7.6m) a year on the treatment, said the Good Thinking Society, which campaigns for an end to NHS funding of homeopathy (

In the light of studies showing homeopathy to be no better than placebo, Lothian Health Board decided to stop …

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