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NEWS: Should homeopathic remedies be NHS-funded?
Coalition MPs split on controversial treatment
By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
Last updated at 10:54 AM on 30th June 2010
A row over whether homeopathic remedies should be funded on the NHS broke out on the coalition benches today. Liberal Democrat Julian Huppert called on ministers not to spend money on methods which 'simply do not work'. But Tory David Tredinnick backed the treatments and urged his frontbench colleagues to dismiss Mr Huppert's 'illiberal views'.
NCH NEWSLETTER: MORE NEWS OUT OF THE UK
[Submitted by Louise Mclean, LCCH, MHMA]
Dear Homeopathy Supporters and Practitioners,
Yesterday we drove to Brighton to the protest outside the British Medical Association (BMA) conference and we held up a banner which said 'Homeopathy Heals - Waiting for Science to Catch Up!' The Brighton Argus covered the demonstration quite well with a balance of facts.
There has been the predictable response from the media with most of the newspapers publishing articles calling for a ban on NHS homeopathy. The Independent had this on Sunday 27th with a good patient story, and the Daily Mail says there is a split in the Coalition government over this 'controversial treatment.'
The important thing now is how the Government is going to respond to the BMA and the Homeopathy Evidence Check Report. They have stated that they will do so soon and at the latest during the summer recess break, between end of July and beginning of September. We feel there is still hope,
as we have been looking at the make up of the new government's Department of Health Ministers and House of Commons Health Select Committee, as long as they are not affected by intense Pharma lobbying and European Union behind-the-scenes pressure. New DoH Health Ministers. The EU took over Public Health in the UK since the Maastricht Treaty was signed in 1992; this is causing severe restrictions for all natural health therapies - vitamins, herbs, etc., because of massive pharma lobbying there.
~ Homeopathy Heals Team ~ www.homeopathyheals.me.uk
THE PRESS REACTS IN THE UK....
[Submitted by Carol Boyce]
The British Medical Association is the doctor's trade union, set up to protect the interests of its members. At its meeting on 29th June the organization voted 3 to 1 to ban members from practicing their therapy of choice - to demand the labeling of homeopathic medicines as placebo and to prevent any Junior doctor from spending time in homeopathic hospitals. As part of their list of demands they also asked for closure of the nation's homeopathic hospitals on the basis that there is no evidence of efficacy. The BMA chair retracted the description of homeopathy as witchcraft put forward by Junior doctors earlier in the month.
This action by a medical trade union mirrors the AMA action in the USA at its inception in the 1840s, when doctors who even communicated with homeopathic colleagues risked a ban.
A patient from the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital does a really good job talking about her case and then an interview with Dr Hilary Jones and Carol Caplan.
BBC Southeast - afternoon news show (4 min 20 sec)
A really good piece from a local BBC station by the reporter who covered the story - interviews and shots of the protest -
BBC Sussex -radio (1 hr 41 min)
Dr Sara Eames up against a Junior doctor
BBC Sussex-radio (1 hr 20 min)
Dr Dolphin and Kiti Miranda (a patient at the protest)
British Homeopathic Association and Faculty of Homeopathy statement on the BMA meeting:
Society of Homeopaths press release