Doctors shouldn’t be able to prescribe patients homeopathy, which is “at best a placebo” and a “waste of money,” according to England’s National Health Service.
By David G. McAfee | Friendly Atheist
Homeopathy, a method of diluting medicine (often until there are no measurable active ingredients), is completely unregulated in England and doctors there are sometimes able to prescribe it at no cost to the patient. NHS England now says this is a waste of funds, and I couldn’t agree more.
The NHS hopes to save £200 million per year by ending prescriptions for homeopathy along with a wide range of “treatments” that have never been proven to work. Simon Stevens, the head of NHS England, called homeopathy “at best a placebo and a misuse of scarce NHS funds.”
“The public rightly expects that the NHS will use every pound wisely, and today we’re taking practical action to free up funding to better spend on modern drugs and treatments.”
This is a major move for England, where a large portion of the population believes homeopathy is effective. According to one study, 39% of British people support it despite the British Pharmacological Society saying “there is no condition for which homeopath is convincingly effective.”