Why NHS Is Ending Homeopathy Funding In The UK

Homeopathy is still a controversial and unverified science that claims that a dilution of the illness causing agent can be therapeutic and serve as a remedy to the ailment. For example, a dilution of pollen can be used as a homeopathic remedy for hay-fever. Homeopathic treatments are commonly used for the treatment of ear infections, asthma, depression, hay-fever, stress, allergy, anxiety, and arthritis.

Homeopathic dilution takes this form; one part of the substance is mixed with ninety-nine part of alcohol or water (one in hundred dilution) and repeated thirty times in a “30c” formulation or six times in a “6c” formulation ( a 6c formulation contains part per trillion of the active agent). Whatever is left is combined with a lactose tablet. This idea has been largely criticized by many scientists who say patients are only receiving sugar.

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The Vote To End Homeopathy Funding In Wirral

In October 2016, it was reported that the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in the large metropolitan borough of Wirral, Merseyside, North West England voted to end the funding on homeopathy service. The move made almost twenty thousand pounds available for the treatment of local patients using verified and effective means.

The decision on Wirral raised the pressure on the CCGs in other parts of the country to hasten consultations and reviews. According to a BBC report, the remaining CCGs in London and Bristol still funded homeopathy in 2016 up to five million pounds. This figure is estimated to be enough to hire additional 50 consultants and 200 nurses.

A Move To Cut Unnecessary Spending

The decision by the NHS England to stop the funding of homeopathy was a desperate move to cut over one hundred and ninety million pounds in a new national guideline open to public consultation. Making the announcement of the spending cut in 2017, the chief executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens said that homeopathy was a mere placebo and a waste of scarce NHS funds.

The funding of homeopathy was estimated to cost the NHS over ninety-two thousand pounds in 2016 and close to six hundred pounds cumulatively in the past five years. The hammer on spending cut also came down on Omega-3 fatty compounds, rubefacient and travel vaccines for reasons such as low-cost effectiveness and low clinical effect.

The Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine

The Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine (RLHIM) was founded in 1849 as the London Homeopathic Hospital. The hospital was founded by one Britain’s first doctors to practice homeopathy and run by the NHS Trust’s University College London Hospital.

NHS Trust spokesman revealed that from third of April 2018, no funding will be spent on homeopathy at RLHIM on patients as part of routine care. This was also displayed on patient leaflets. Campaigners have lauded the move saying that it was long overdue.

A campaign, The Good Thinking Society, directed by Michael Marshall told BBC that the only areas still wasting money on this disproven treatment were Glasgow and Bristol. Michael is optimistic that those cities will follow the decision in no distant time.