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Loss of Homeopathy Funding for 10 PCTs in England

Ten PCTs Pull NHS Funding for Homeopathy

19 Aug 10 By Lilian Anekwe

Primary Care Trusts in England [PCTs]

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A prescribing advisory group covering ten PCTs has stepped in to prevent commissioners from funding homeopathic treatments, claiming the effects are not significant enough to warrant NHS cash.

The ruling by prescribing advisors in Manchester follows the Department of Health's decision last month to reject the Science and Technology Committee's call for a national ban on NHS funding for homeopathic treatment. The DH said that it was instead up to local commissioners to decide whether requests should be funded on a 'case-by-case basis'.

  • Giving over decision-making power to the local townships, therefore, depending upon where you live will determine whether homeopathy will be available under the National Health Service. Can't get treatment in your area? Move and that will be your vote.

The Greater Manchester Medicines Management Group (GMMMG) has told PCTs and commissioners across the region that homeopathic treatments cannot be recommended, as an independent review commissioned by another trust, NHS West Kent, found they are neither clinically nor cost effective.

  • Total phony baloney. Everyone knows that homeopathy costs much less than conventional health care. Once a person has relief from symptoms, they no longer need to keep dosing with costly medications, clinical exams and check-ups. Who is to say that the homeopathic treatments do not work? If the patient is better, that is proof enough. Please get your patients to protest.

Tim Evans, chair of the GMMMG and chief executive of NHS Bolton, told Pulse he was keen not to appear to be wasting NHS resources.

  • Certain people take on too much power over others. Let them eat cake!

‘We are trying to standardise our approach across Greater Manchester so that we don’t have postcode prescribing. We want the public to know that we are making conscious decisions about what our priorities are for NHS funds,' he said.

  • Your actions speak very loud and clear. As an opponent of homeopathy, you are standardizing the medical treatments to provide more drugs, testing, surgery and chemotherapy. All profitable businesses that keep people in the treatment wheel.

‘The review concluded homeopathy does not have a significant enough impact to warrant the use of NHS funds, and that PCT resources should instead be directed toward other treatments.’

‘The prescribing, referral and recommendation of homeopathy is a low priority and cannot be supported.’

  • How unfortunate for those living in the locals that are under your control.

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Comment by Dr Muhammed Rafeeque on August 21, 2010 at 12:03am
The only solution is to make a common platform for the Homeopaths in London and they should conduct free medical camps on regular basis. At lest once in a month, each practitioner should offer voluntary service for a day. This will surely help the poor citizens. And those who are rich enough to pay, they can consult a homeopath. We have hundreds of government homeopathic hospitals giving free treatment. Still, we private practitioners do free service at lest once in a month. The homeopaths should also consider some concession for the poor patients.
Comment by Debby Bruck on August 21, 2010 at 12:50am
Dear Dr Rafeeque - many thanks for suggestions and action!
Comment by Viktor Kalocsai on August 27, 2010 at 3:20am
I agree with Dr Rafeeque. In Hungary Homeopaths and Doctor Homeopaths also participate in selfless services to heal and inform the people. They are very oppressed. However, they slowly win.
Ordinary people should also participate in this process by giving help in organizational and administrative work i.e. sharing the telephone, internet, paperwork costs within those smaller communities, towns, villages. With this work they can widen the communication channel and straighten the link between themselves and the Homeopaths (It's very important for the people to talk or share experiences about Homeopathic treatments and its positive/healing effects).
Comment by Debby Bruck on August 27, 2010 at 3:56am
Dear Viktor. I am so pleased to see you visiting HWC. It is also my conclusion that we need a Two-Tiered approach to create awareness and education. First ~ provide educational information to homeopaths. Encourage them to reach out to local areas, clients, other healers. Second ~ This trained force then disseminates flyers, etc, gives presentations and asks their base of followers to speak out on public forums, in their local, state and national governments, online etc. We must reach a critical mass and make changes through our speech and action.

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