Gasp of desperation: Homeopathy funding to be reviewed in U.K. court

When you don’t have facts, argue the law…

Legal bid to save homeopathy on the NHS – The Scotsman.

LAWYERS are preparing to start a judicial review of a health board’s decision to end funding of homeopathic services amid fears over the impact on those who use the alternative remedies.

The decision is now set to be challenged in the Court of Session after a patient contacted solicitors with her concerns about the way the review was carried out and its long-term impact on those who use the service.

The legal team will argue that the board gathered insufficient evidence to allow it to make a proper decision on whether to close the service, meaning it was not compliant with the Public Sector Equality Duty which applies under the Equality Act.

Cristal Sumner, chief executive of the British Homeopathic Association (BHA), said they had always questioned the consultation process which NHS Lothian used to make its decision to withdraw funding.

The British Medical Association (BMA) backed the decision to end funding for homeopathy and does not seem concern about the review.

3720 responded to the NHS Lothian consultation questionnaire. Out of those 3720 a whopping 74% voted to discontinue funding homeopathy. Homeopathic services cost the NHS Lothian board £240,000 (approx. $380,000). That’s a lot of money to waste on water and sugar pills!

Homeopathy is not scientifically based, it goes against what we know about how nature works, trial after trial shows it works no better than placebo (it is a placebo). There is absolutely no reason for including it in government sponsored medicine. Argue the law all you want but facts are facts.

  9 comments for “Gasp of desperation: Homeopathy funding to be reviewed in U.K. court

  1. Blargh
    October 27, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    “fears over the impact on those who use the alternative remedies”

    They might start taking using effective medicine instead! The horror!

  2. Peter Cranny
    October 27, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    £240,000 is about $380,000, not 3.8 million! Homeopathy has no place in NHS – or anywhere.

  3. October 27, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    I think you’re a factor of 10 out in your currency conversion! £240,000 can’t be $3.8 million…

  4. October 27, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    “…£240,000 (approx. $3.8 million)…”

    I haven’t checked exchange rates for a while but I’m pretty sure the pound hasn’t ever been that strong, even if you’re talking Canadian dollars.

  5. Peter Robinson
    October 27, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    Hi Sharon,

    Have tried emailing correction but says your mailbox full.

    £240000 is not $3.6 Million. Should be approx 1.6 x 240 000 or approx $384000

    Not as much of an exaggeration as homeopathy claims though!

  6. October 27, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    Thanks for letting me know the mailbox was full. My bad for not ever checking it, it always gets forwarded. Fixed.

  7. One Eyed Jack
    October 27, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    Why is this in the UK courts? Shouldn’t homeopathy issues be referred to the local department of water and power?

  8. Frederick
    October 27, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    @one eye Jack : LOLOL good one. water that has touch sugar pills, so Nestle should also be involved.

    I’m seriously happy about that news! such a waste of money. gouverment also look at way to cut expense. I totally agree when it cut funding to scam like homeopathy.

  9. Adam
    October 29, 2013 at 7:45 AM

    It makes my blood boil that a single penny of my taxes should cover quackery like homoeopathy, chiropractic etc. If someone wants to be “treated” with those things they should pay for it out of their own pocket. I have to wonder why on earth any public health service (or private health insurer for that matter) would pander to quackery. I doubt money is flowing like water at the moment and it would be best spent on things proven to work to some degree.

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