General Article NHS set to ban homeopathy for patients because...

Topic Selected: Alternative Medicine is ‘not evidence based and any benefits are down to placebo’

Health service currently spends more than £90,000 a year on the natural treatment.

By Kate Forster, Health Correspondent

Doctors should stop prescribing homeopathic medicine to NHS patients, the health service has said. The change has been proposed because ‘at best, homeopathy is a placebo and a misuse of scarce NHS funds which could better be devoted to treatments that work’, said Simon Stevens, NHS England’s chief executive.

The NHS currently spends £92,412 a year on the natural ‘treatment’, which uses highly diluted doses of natural substances that some claim help the body heal itself.

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