Health board prevails for standing up against homeopathy

A woman, Honor Watt, sued Lothian Health Board in the UK after they stopped providing the controversial treatments for her arthritis. The Board had concluded (as is the overwhelming consensus) that homeopathy does not work and is not a proper use of their funds.

Source: Honor Watt loses legal bid to force Lothian Health Board to do homeopathy

The board decided in June 2013 that the money spent on giving people the substances would be better spent on conventional medicines.

A report from the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee said there is no evidence that homeopathy is effective as a treatment for any health condition.

Ms Watt suffers from arthritis and received homeopathic medicine for her debilitating condition.

Her lawyers decided to challenge the board’s decision in the Court of Session claiming the health board acted illegally.

Judge Lord Uist has refused to overturn the board’s decision as he found nothing about the decision to be unethical or illegal. The Lothian Health Board took into account the patients best interest, even though Ms. Watt wouldn’t believe so. They stood up against pseudoscience and useless so-called “medicine”.

  2 comments for “Health board prevails for standing up against homeopathy

  1. Bill T.
    August 29, 2015 at 2:43 AM

    These claims should be thrown out on presentation for lack of substance. The waste of public funds defending against these frivolous suits irks me.

  2. Tom
    August 29, 2015 at 4:54 AM

    I would question the judgement of her lawyers as they appear to think that real medicine is a matter of opinion and not fact.
    Surely one of them must have looked into the clinical case studies of homeopathy (there are thousands of them) going back to the 19th century and must have noticed there is no evidence it is effective?
    One would hope that the Judge severely rapped their knuckles for wasting the courts time.

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