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The Society has derided the publicity stunt by the so called 'Good Thinking Society' led by Simon Singh in which they attacked public funding for homeopathy. Traipsing around the media studios on Friday morning, Singh was pressing for homeopathy to be added to the NHS blacklist - known formally as Schedule 1 - of drugs that cannot be prescribed by GPs.

It soon became clear that, after this pressure group threatened to take their case to the courts, Ministers had caved in and had decided to conduct a consultation.

Miranda Parsons, Chair of the Society of Homeopaths, was critical of the government’s capitulation.  ‘It seems unfortunate the government should cave in to a very small pressure group with opaque funding, that seems to have little respect for the evidence or patient choice.  79% of the population are open to homeopathy and 15% have used it*.  Any ’savings’ on homeopathic medicine are relatively small (£110,000) and would be more than eaten up by increasing the demands on the NHS for other more expensive drugs or interventions. People like Mr Singh show no interest in patient choice and have no understanding of the excellent work that medical and professional homeopaths do, day in and day out.'

Soon after the media storm the key partners in 4Homeopathy** began discussing how the sector should react and have swiftly established a fighting fund to lead the fight back on this issue all the way up to and including the consultation in 2016.  The Society and others has increased their financial commitment to 4H to help put together a campaign.

Mark Taylor, Chief Executive of the Society commented: ‘ We feel it is important to question what people like Singh always assert are facts, when in fact most of what he says in the media is anecdotal and his personal opinion.  We need to demolish his case bit by bit and change perceptions towards homeopathy in the media.  

We are all meeting later in the week and the work starts now.  The consultation is actually a good opportunity and platform to make our case.’

Do you have any views on this?  Please fill in the comment section below this article.

*Data from an extensive piece of market research conducted by Mustard in 2015 and commissioned by 4 Homeopathy and Boiron.  For a summary of the research see pages 14/15 of the autumn edition of the The Homeopath.

**4Homeopathy is a collaboration of 11 of the UK’s largest homeopathic organisations, including the Society of Homeopaths.  Its main objective is to raise awareness of homeopathy through media communication, political lobbying and public engagement.

 

 

  • Editorial in Guardian today saying Homoeopathy should not be financed by the NHS

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/nov/15/the-guardian-view-on-homeopathy-the-nhs-shouldnt-pay

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  • As you point out in the facts above the tiny monies that are spent by the NHS on homeopathy are negligible and hardly worth the cost of this consultation. What is disturbing is that Simon Singh has been able to get this agenda so far without any of the professional bodies associated with homeopathy noticing. Who liaises with the government on our behalf? How do the Faculty of Homeopathy fit into this? The horse is already out of the stable a much more difficult problem to resolve now.
    Every time the NHS has a crisis, i.e.the junior doctor threatened strike, under performance etc. the media look for diversions, or the NHS lobby groups do, and up we pop like the proverbial bad penny. We need to move on and point out the positives not slag off the NHS. Would they not like to reduce GP patient numbers and public reliance on anti-biotics, give people choices and responsibility for their own health? No, seems to be the answer to most of that!

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  • NHS Charter + Market Research + Modest Costs + Sustainability = Powerful Argument. Stick it to them.

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  • Homeopathy needs a better known Charismatic Champion than we have, someone such as Jessica Ennes-Hill or Sir Paul McCartney (who's a fan) to speak to the media. Dr Peter Fisher did well on the BBC however three very important points were a missed opportunity in that interview a) If Simon Singh's organisation really wanted to save the Health service money he would be concentrating on the £282 million per year and rising that could be saved by reducing Anti Depressants drugs which have no scientific evidence yet NICE continues to fund them! b) Both the 2010 Science & Technology committe and the Australian Research referred to by the "Bad thinking Society" were flawed. c) An organisation who's leader promotes Coca Cola sugary drinks is not best placed to talk about healthcare. Dare Isay it but we need to take a leaf from Margaret Thatchers book whenever we are put in this situation and work to have a few key points which we get across - whatever the question is!
    1. Prime Minister Modi's visit was a prime opportunity as he is driving Homeopathic treatment to be the No 1 medical treatment in India. Is there a message to here to get into the press?
    2. The Junior Doctors strike is also an opportunity. Reduce the drugs bill, increased funds for more holistic treatments by NICE and more support for Junior Doctors, something which was promised in the 2010 White Paper and has never been delivered.
    We Homeopaths need 1) a draft letter from 4H to send to our MPs to request an appointment 2) A list to discuss with them in order to prepare MPs for the debate as decision makers with no knowledge is not good!.

    from Sheffield, South Yorkshire, UK
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  • It is really good to hear that the SoH and other homeopathy bodies are responding to this current attack. Having spoken with a pharmacist regarding blacklisting a drug, its not that simple, its down to the what were known as the PCT to decide what goes on the list in their area and them that trickles down to the GPs and pharmacys. The pharmacst suggested that GPs that are prescribing are moraly obliged to prescribe the best course of treatment according to their own extensive training and the pharmacist thought this may be a hard one for Mr Singh and his chums to achieve. So, this is a great opportunity for this profession to extol the virtues and good research and evidance that we do have. Thanks Simon for giving us this platform to promote ourselves ;)

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  • It is really interesting to see this develop and the 4Homeopathy seem to have their finger on the pulse.
    Maybe the amount of savings Homeopaths make for the NHS too should be emphasised. I suggested a remedy for an acquaintance on Wednesday and it saved her having time off work, visiting a GP and having a prescription cost. I'm sure most people benefit from alternative therapies that save the NHS even more millions!! Only good can come from the wider debate I feel.

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