Homeopathy : Government response

August 5, 2010

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GOVERNMENT RESPONSE TO THE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE REPORT “EVIDENCE CHECK 2 : HOMEOPATHY

“Overall conclusion:

RECOMMENDATION

By providing homeopathy on the NHS and allowing MHRA licensing of products which subsequently appear on pharmacy shelves, the Government runs the risk of endorsing homeopathy as an efficacious system of medicine. To maintain patient trust, choice and safety, the Government should not endorse the use of placebo treatments, including homeopathy. Homeopathy should not be funded on the NHS and the MHRA should stop licensing homeopathic products. (Paragraph 157)

GOVERNMENT’S RESPONSE
47.
We note the Committee’s view that allowing for the provision of homeopathy may risk seeming to endorse it, and we will keep the position under review. However, we do not believe that this risk amounts to a risk to patient trust, choice or safety, nor do we believe that the risk is significant enough for the Department to take the unusual step of removing PCTs’ flexibility to make their own decisions. We believe that providing appropriate information for commissioners, clinicians and the public, and ensuring a strong ethical code for clinicians, remain the most effective ways to ensure quality outcomes, patient satisfaction and the appropriate use of NHS funding.
48.
The regulation of homeopathic products enables the MHRA to protect the public from unsafe products and unwarranted claims to treat serious illness. The requirement for regulation of homeopathic products is laid down in a European Directive and is a treaty obligation of the UK. “

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Patient choice

April 3, 2008

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NHS CHOICES – YOUR HEALTH, YOUR CHOICES

“From this month – April 2008 – there will be a dramatic expansion of patient choice in the NHS.

Surveys have consistently shown that patients want choice. The 2005 British Social Attitudes survey revealed that 65% of patients said they wanted choice of treatment, 63% wanted a choice of hospital and 53% welcomed a choice of appointment time.

The introduction of free choice this month means that patients referred to see a specialist will themselves be able to choose where they are treated from any hospital that meets NHS standards.

The list includes many private hospitals as well as all NHS providers. Between them offer everything from treatment to your cataracts to open-heart surgery.

Under the move to free choice, if you and your GP decide that you need to see a specialist, you’ll be able to choose the hospital that best suits your needs.

Perhaps you will want to go somewhere away from home but close to your family? Perhaps good parking facilities are vital for you? Waiting lists, cleanliness, reputation … they can all be factored into your thinking. The point is that the choice is now yours.”

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THE HISTORY OF CHOICE

“When the NHS was first founded, choices were limited, but in recent years, choice has become a key feature in the provision of health care services. Here we chart the evolution of patient choice and look at the milestones and policies that have firmly placed it at the heart of the healthcare today… “

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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH POLICY AND GUIDANCE ON PATIENT CHOICE

“Policy and guidance on improving patient choice including how, when and where they receive treatment and giving the public a bigger hand in shaping local care systems.”

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