Homeopathic medicine will be banned by the NHS because it is a & # 39; abuse of public funds & # 39; after physicians have come forward, alternative treatments have been prescribed 3,300 times last year
- Homeopathic medicines cost NHS England a whopping £ 55,044 last year
- NHS experts say the alternative & # 39; drugs & # 39; have no credible scientific evidence
- The annual bill of £ 55,000 for prescribing homeopathic medicines equals two full-time nurses
Homeopathic treatments are blacklisted by the NHS after it has emerged that GPs issue thousands of prescriptions a year – despite being told to stop.
NHS experts say the alternative & # 39; drugs & # 39; have no credible scientific evidence to support their continued use and are a & # 39; abuse of public funds & # 39 ;.
Since 2017, official NHS England guidelines have advised not to prescribe treatments that warn that it is & # 39; at best a placebo & # 39; is.
Homeopathic medicines are banned by the NHS because they are a & # 39; abuse of public funds & # 39; to be
But new figures show that last year GPs wrote down nearly 3,300 prescriptions for homeopathic remedies.
NHS has now vowed to prescribe & # 39; homeopathic preparations & # 39; to eradicate – last year the NHS cost £ 55,044.
Homeopathic pills and tinctures are so diluted that they do not contain any active ingredients.
Professor Emeritus, and former chairman of complementary medicine, at the University of Exeter, Edzard Ernst, said: Homeopathy is based on 200-year-old misunderstandings about nature, physiology, and therapeutics. His assumptions fly in the face of science.
& # 39; It was high time for the NHS to stop reimbursing this outdated nonsense. Homeopathy makes a mockery of evidence-based medicine. & # 39;
The controversial & # 39; cures & # 39; have many famous supporters – one of the most prominent the Prince of Wales and BBC star Stacey Dooley, who claimed that homeopathy helped her phobia of flying.
Homeopathic medicines cost NHS England a whopping £ 55,044 last year – more than two full-time nurses
The NHS England guidelines, issued in November 2017, as part of an effort to save £ 141 million per year, aimed at setting the prescriptions for 18 treatments deemed to be of & # 39; low clinical effectiveness & # 39; abolish.
It advised GPs not to prescribe homeopathic preparations. Figures for 2017 showed the number of prescriptions that had fallen by a quarter compared to the previous year to around 5,100 and spending decreased by 32 percent to £ 63,000.
But the latest figures show while the number of prescriptions dropped last year by another 35 percent to 3,295, the cost was reduced by only 13 percent.
The annual bill of £ 55,000 for the prescription of homeopathic medicines equals more than two full-time salaries of nurses.
Research published in 2018 found 7,618 primary care practices in England prescribed homeopathic treatments in 2016-17.
A High Court judge upheld NHS England's decision to stop financing homeopathy in June last year after a case was brought against her by the British Homeopathic Association (BHA).
Cristal Sumner, from the BHA, said: Homeopathy costs relatively little, can be used for acute and chronic conditions, has no side effects, and if used as a first-line intervention by trained general practitioners, the NHS could seriously reduce antibiotic use. & # 39;
An NHS spokesperson said: & # 39; The NHS provided guidelines and made it clear to general practitioners that homeopathy should not be prescribed. To give even more legal force to this, we will now formally request a Ministry of Health blacklist so that funds cannot be wasted in this way. & # 39;
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