Woo lives on

Homeopathic medicines will escape an NHS prescribing ban even though the Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies has dismissed the treatments as ‘rubbish’ and a waste of taxpayers money.

Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, has previously voiced his support for the controversial treatments and even asked Dame Sally to commision a review of evidence into their efficacy.

It is estimated that NHS spends around £4 million a year on homeopathic treatments, yet although the health service vowed this week to clamp down on the prescribing of ‘ineffective, unnecessary, inappropriate or unsafe’ treatments, homeopathy was not included.

Old joke alert. Just reduce the budget further to make it even more effective

6 comments on “Woo lives on

  1. Except, panaceas do work.
    Nonsense, of course, but might be better than a course of antibiotics.

  2. I do wonder how much of the support for homeopathy comes from woo believers, vs. how much comes from doctors appreciating they have a placebo to prescribe?

    I’m guessing the former is the majority, but I suspect there are a few of the latter around.

    Always found the people who believe in it (Prince Charles, Jeremy Hunt) get marked down in my esteem.

  3. Oblong – with respect to HRH Chuckles, I take it your scale extends into negative territory?

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