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Homeopathy prescribing set to be blacklisted under NHS England plans

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Anyone who thinks this is about the money is very wrong or very disingenuous. This is an attempt to discredit homeopathy, nothing more and nothing less. The bottom line is that we still believe in this country that doctors are better placed than academics to make clinical decisions about their own patients. The doctor-patient relationship is vital. If a substantial minority of people in the UK (including Queen Elizabeth II and much of her family and corgies) use homeopathy and want it prescribed for them by medical doctors, then the NHS should most certainly fund these ecologically sound and highly inexpensive medicines although I'm prepared to debate whether the Royal corgies should have to pay for it themselves. The Swiss actually voted for this principle in a referendum and I believe a democratic vote here would not deny CAM for those patients who want it and whose NHS doctors would be prepared to prescribe it and take responsibility of their decisions. Last Thing: If you are going to make jokes about homeopathy here, can you please raise the standard and stop repeating very old and stale gags.

Posted date

10 Apr 2019

Posted time

3:36pm

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