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PCTs conned into funding homeopathy

PCTs have been urged to commission homeopathy services by fake letters that purported to come from the Department of Health.

A letter entitled Homeopathic Services was sent out to all PCTs earlier this year. But it was not sent or endorsed by the department and is now the subject of an official investigation.

Lord Palmer, who raised the issue in the House of Lords last week, told Pulse: 'This is an unofficial document on a highly emotive issue. A lot of PCTs are very concerned. The Government must make it clear to all PCTs that this was not an official document and therefore ought to be totally disregarded.'

Homeopathic services have been a controversial issue for the NHS for years, with some trusts providing certain types of treatment and others choosing not to. Recent budget deficits in some trusts have also threatened homeopathic services. Lord Palmer raised the issue on behalf of Lady Mar, who had been contacted by PCTs. He said: 'It totally undermines alternative medicine to have documents like this sent to PCTs.'

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