The Society of Homeopaths has defended the Centre for Homeopathic Education's (CHE) right to host a film that encourages debate on freedom of choice in healthcare.
An outcry from press and skeptics greeted CHE’s recent showing of the film Vaxxed to an invited audience. It was followed by a debate on vaccination with a panel of 5 experts including doctors, one of whom was Andrew Wakefield. Responding to the outcry, the venue for the film, Regents College, cancelled all future bookings by CHE.
As SoH Chief Executive Mark Taylor points out – neither the Society nor CHE are anti vaccination. ‘We stand for freedom of choice and diversity and as part of that we should encourage people to make up their own minds. It seems that others don’t believe people should be allowed that right’
This weekend’s courses went ahead as planned and CHE have been swamped by support from other organisations, homeopaths and members of the public. There is no suggestion that their partnership with Middlesex University might be under threat.
Marcus Fernandez, Principal of CHE said ‘We believe in open debate and freedom of speech. Everything, including conventional medicine or otherwise, should be open to discussion in a true democratic society so as to enable the patient or carer to make an informed choice’