Independent, July 21, 2017
Katie Forster


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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.  [...]

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