Half of Scots GPs offer homoeopathy

Up to 60 per cent of GP practices in Scotland prescribe homoeopathic or herbal remedies, researchers have found.

Analysis of 2003/4 prescribing data for 323 practices in Scotland showed that 49 per cent prescribed homoeopathic and 32 per cent herbal remedies. 

Professor Edzard Ernst, an expert in complementary medicine at Peninsula Medical School in Exeter, Devon, said the high uptake was surprising: ‘The results are not transferable to the rest of the UK.’  

He said many Scottish GPs were being trained at the Glasgow Homoeopathic Hospital.  

Dr Chaand Nagpaul, a GPC prescribing subcommittee member, said: ‘I would caution against GPs who have no training prescribing homoeopathic drugs because it would be outside their area of expertise.’ 

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