Society condemns NHS’s lack of understanding of homeopathy and unwillingness to listen to patient voices

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    [post_content] => The Society of Homeopaths has condemned both the contents and the process within of the latest attack on homeopathy by NHS England.  The consultation, Items which should not be routinely prescribed in primary care  http://bit.ly/2vIVha0 proposes that ‘homeopathy’ should not be prescribed.

The Society points out:

"The way homeopathy …….[has been] been singled out as opposed to all the other recommendations focussing on specific medicines for specific conditions is illogical. Homeopathy is not an ‘item’ or a drug, it is a system of medicine developed over many years, which offers patients an individualised, person-centred treatment for a wide range of conditions".

and goes onto point out that the way the consultation has been run suggests that there is a lack of public and patient engagement for the process. "Homeopathy is used by 15% of UK citizens. It appears that patient voices and patient choice are no longer important".

Elsewhere, the Society sets out the evidence supporting homeopathy, its popularity within the UK, acceptance round the world and the disproportionate impact the proposals could have on patients,

"With homeopathic prescriptions taking up less that 0.0001% of the NHS budget the damage caused by these proposals is disproportionate in the extreme. The proposals are likely to have an adverse effect on those currently entitled to free prescriptions, often people who have turned to homeopathy when conventional medicine had failed to help them.
 Homeopathy can play a vital role in the provision of an integrated approach to healthcare and save the NHS much more than the identified £92,000. A progressive and open-minded NHS would see investment in homeopathy as a tool to help alleviate the funding crisis it faces".

Society response to NHSconsultation

Members and patients still have an opportunity to respond to the consultation as it closes on Friday 21st October.  Visit the Homeopathy Hub for more details. http://www.4homeopathy.org
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The Society of Homeopaths has condemned both the contents and the process within of the latest attack on homeopathy by NHS England.  The consultation, Items which should not be routinely prescribed in primary care  http://bit.ly/2vIVha0 proposes that ‘homeopathy’ should not be prescribed.

The Society points out:

“The way homeopathy …….[has been] been singled out as opposed to all the other recommendations focussing on specific medicines for specific conditions is illogical. Homeopathy is not an ‘item’ or a drug, it is a system of medicine developed over many years, which offers patients an individualised, person-centred treatment for a wide range of conditions”.

and goes onto point out that the way the consultation has been run suggests that there is a lack of public and patient engagement for the process. “Homeopathy is used by 15% of UK citizens. It appears that patient voices and patient choice are no longer important”.

Elsewhere, the Society sets out the evidence supporting homeopathy, its popularity within the UK, acceptance round the world and the disproportionate impact the proposals could have on patients,

“With homeopathic prescriptions taking up less that 0.0001% of the NHS budget the damage caused by these proposals is disproportionate in the extreme. The proposals are likely to have an adverse effect on those currently entitled to free prescriptions, often people who have turned to homeopathy when conventional medicine had failed to help them.
 Homeopathy can play a vital role in the provision of an integrated approach to healthcare and save the NHS much more than the identified £92,000. A progressive and open-minded NHS would see investment in homeopathy as a tool to help alleviate the funding crisis it faces”.

Society response to NHSconsultation

Members and patients still have an opportunity to respond to the consultation as it closes on Friday 21st October.  Visit the Homeopathy Hub for more details. http://www.4homeopathy.org

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