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NHS removes homeopathy as approved treatment as ‘not evidence based’

The National Health Service currently spends over £90,000 a year on the natural alternative treatment.

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Doctors are being told not to prescribe homeopathy as it is ‘not evidence based and any benefits are down to placebo’.

draft consultation document from an NHS clinical commissioning group reveals that Doctors are being told not to prescribe homeopathic alternative medicine to NHS patients as “at best, homeopathy is a placebo and a misuse of scarce NHS funds which could better be devoted to treatments that work”.

The document reveals that the NHS currently spends £92,412 a year on the natural alternative treatment. which uses highly diluted doses of natural substances that some claim

Homeopthy uses highly diluted doses of natural substances that some claim help the body heal itself but the consultation categorises homeopathy as a treatment with a “lack of robust evidence of clinical effectiveness”.

NHS England said the changes to prescribing guidelines are set o save at least £250m a year.

Simon Stevens, NHS chief executive, said:  “The NHS is probably the world’s most efficient health service, but like every country, there is still waste and inefficiency that we’re determined to root out”.