U.K.’s new health minister is partial to homeopathy

Hail Jeremy Hunt, the new minister for magic – opinion – 05 September 2012 – New Scientist.

The fortunes of the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) are about to be transformed with the help of the magical waters of homeopathic medicine. Top marks to The Telegraph’s science writer Tom Chivers for quickly picking up on talk that the UK’s new health minister, Jeremy Hunt – who replaced Andrew Lansley yesterday in a government reshuffle – thinks that homeopathy works, and should be provided at public expense by the NHS.

Since news of his appointment emerged, senior scientists have spoken up. John Krebs, professor of zoology at the University of Oxford, said: “There is overwhelming evidence that homeopathic medicine is not effective. It would be a real blow for those who want medicine to be science-based if the secretary of state were to promote homeopathy because of his personal beliefs.”

Source: New Scientist

Tom Chivers launched this story.

Ben Goldacre writes about it here. At one time Hunt called for the NHS to be dismantled.

Recently the U.S. had it’s share of scientific nonsense from political officials. It seems to be a common problem.

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  3 comments for “U.K.’s new health minister is partial to homeopathy

  1. Rich
    September 5, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    I think this story is a triumph for the common citizen. It rings out loud and clear that we are a truly equal society and do not discriminate in our public appointments on grounds of expertise, knowledge or ability. Who knows? Perhaps you too can believe in magic water and end up running a health service at national level.

    It’s heartening. It really is.

    • oldebabe
      September 5, 2012 at 2:31 PM

      As they say in the U.S., “That’s really rich…”

  2. September 7, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    Mitchell and Webb’s homeopathic emergency room skit may yet come true…

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