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.