NHS abandons alternative medicine

Sense about Science played a leading role in the campaign to end NHS funding of homeopathic treatments.

In May 2006, a group of 13 scientists wrote to the chief executives of all 476 acute and primary care trusts to to express concern about the continued provision to patients of ‘alternative’ medicine including homeopathy, in the absence of evidence of efficacy, across the NHS. The headline “NHS told to abandon alternative medicine” ran on the front page of the Times.

In 2007, a further letter to the PCTs from senior medics, news coverage and a report were sent by post. Based on data obtained under Freedom of Information, over 70% of PCTs did not fund homeopathy or planned to discontinue funding in the next financial year.