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Doctors call for homeopathy ban
06-27-2010, 02:47 PM,
Doctors call for homeopathy ban
Quote:Delegates to the British Medical Association's conference are expected to support seven motions opposing the use of public money to pay for remedies which they claim have 'no place in the modern health service.'

They are also calling for junior doctors to be exempt from being placed in homoeopathic hospitals, claiming it goes against the principles of evidence-based medicine

The conference will also hear calls for homoeopathic remedies to be banned from chemists unless they are clearly labelled as placebos rather than medicines.

The NHS needs to make £20 billion in cuts over the next few years and doctors say the health service cannot afford 'sugar pills and placebos.'

Supporters say homoeopathy helps thousands of patients with chronic conditions such as ME, asthma, migraine and depression who have not responded to conventional medical treatments.

A report from the Science and Technology Select Committee earlier this year also urged the NHS to cease funding homoeopathic treatments.

Dr Gordon Lehany, a psychiatrist and chair of the BMA's Scottish junior doctors committee said: "We're not saying homoeopathy shouldn't happen, just that it should not be funded on the NHS.

"While placebos can work, they are not medicines, there is no active ingredient, and so if people want to access these expensive sugar tablets, they have to find the money themselves."

But the British Homoeopathic Association (BHA) points out that less than 0.01 per cent of the massive NHS drug bill is spent on homoeopathic tinctures and pills.

David Tredinnick, the Tory MP and champion of homeopathy, has tabled a motion rejecting calls for a ban. And pro-homeopathy protestors will demonstrate outside the BMA conference in Brighton on Tuesday.
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06-27-2010, 03:55 PM,
RE: Doctors call for homeopathy ban
I hope they stop the ban, thanks for the post.
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