DoH gives backing to homeopathy

Homeopathy should continue to be available on the NHS, the government has said.

The decision comes despite doctors at the BMA's annual representative meeting in June voting that funding for it should be scrapped, and opposition from MPs.

In response to the House of Commons science and technology committee report on homeopathy, the DoH said patients should be able to make informed choices.

The committee recommended in March that homeopathy should no longer be available on the NHS, because of the absence of evidence to prove its efficacy.

In its response to the report, the government said: 'We believe in patients being able to make informed choices about their treatments, and in a clinician being able to prescribe the treatment they feel most appropriate in particular circumstances, within the regulatory and guidance frameworks by which they are bound.'

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