NHS set to ban homeopathy for patients because it is ‘not evidence based [...]’: Health service currently spends more than £90,000 a year on the natural treatment
Doctors should stop prescribing homeopathic medicine to NHS patients, the health service has said. The change has been proposed because "at best, homeopathy is a placebo and a misuse of scarce NHS funds which could better be devoted to treatments that work", said Simon Stevens, NHS England's chief executive.
The NHS currently spends £92,412 a year on the natural “treatment”, which uses highly diluted doses of natural substances that some claim help the body heal itself.
Recommendations set out in a consultation document categorise homeopathy as a treatment with a “lack of robust evidence of clinical effectiveness” and say GPs should not give it to new patients in a drive to cut prescription costs. [...]health care finance health law policy international medical safety pharmaceuticals regulation