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New scrutiny for homeopath GPs

By Nigel Praities

GPs who are registered homeopaths may come under increasing scrutiny, after the UK's largest professional society for homeopathy announced plans for a new independent regulatory body.

The Society of Homeopaths this week announced a nationwide consultation on creating a independent regulator, which GPs and other homeopaths could register with voluntarily. The body will have the power to give accreditation, set professional standards and dismiss homeopaths who do not meet standards of competence or training.

This move comes shortly before the launch of the Natural Healthcare Council in April, a voluntary regulatory body for all complementary medicines commissioned by the Department of Health.

Jayne Thomas, chair of the society, said the plans were a ‘watershed' for homeopaths. 'We are convinced that this big step forward will benefit patients, their families and the profession as a whole,' she said.

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