NHS chief Simon Stevens accuses homeopathy as & # 39; dangerous & # 39; and blames the industry for feeding antivaxx myths
- Simon Stevens has urged the medical watchdog to remove the Society of Homeopaths from the list
- Described some homeopaths as & # 39; chancellors & # 39; who cheat the public to give up money
- But the group says it does not promote treatment that is contrary to NHS guidelines
The CEO of NHS England, Simon Stevens (photo), has launched a pronounced attack on the homeopathy industry
The head of the NHS today launches a pronounced attack on the homeopathy industry to spoil deadly anti-vaccine myths.
Simon Stevens accuses practitioners of spreading toxic & # 39; wrong information & # 39; about stinging, which is a significant danger to human health & # 39 ;.
In an important intervention, he urges the medical watchdog to remove the Society of Homeopaths from its official register of professional organizations, and says that the inclusion of the body sends a message to patients that homeopathic remedies are equally safe and effective as clinically tested drugs.
Mr. Stevens describes some homeopaths as & # 39; chancellors & # 39; that encourage the public to renounce & # 39; their hard-earned money & # 39 ;. He also warns that some therapists have ineffective & # 39; homeopathic vaccines & # 39; pushing patients to be exposed to deadly diseases such as measles.
But the Society of Homeopaths – the UK's largest group of registered practitioners – insists on not promoting any treatment that violates NHS guidelines, including vaccinations.
Mr Stevens' intervention comes two weeks after the Mail launched a major campaign to improve the inclusion of vaccinations in children.
On Saturday, this newspaper revealed that retail giant Amazon printed and sold a controversial children's book that claims vaccinations are dangerous and useless.
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Homeopathy is the 220-year principle of using highly diluted substances – such as plants or animal tissue – that doctors claim the body encourages. Prince Charles has been a vocal advocate of practice for decades and became patron of the Homeopathy Faculty in June, another organization dedicated to promoting it.
But there is no hard evidence that homeopathy works and two years ago the NHS told GPs that they should stop prescribing the remedies and claim that they had an & # 39; substance abuse & # 39; goods.
Nevertheless, there are still hundreds of practitioners in the UK, including 1,200 who are registered with the Society of Homeopaths.
Mr Stevens from NHS today wrote a letter to the Professional Standards Authority (PSA), in which he insisted that society should not be re-accredited in its annual evaluation.
The PSA is the official regulator of health and regulatory authorities, including the General Medical Council, for doctors and the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
Believe that the body can heal itself
Samuel Hahnemann developed homeopathy in the late 18th century
Homeopathy was developed in the late 18th century by the German doctor Samuel Hahnemann, who was dissatisfied with the medicine of his time.
The basic beliefs behind homeopathy are that the body can heal itself and that & # 39; such as therapies such as & # 39 ;.
In other words, something that causes symptoms in a healthy person can – in a very small dose – treat a disease with similar symptoms by activating the body's natural defenses.
For example, red onion makes your eyes water. That is why it is used in homeopathic remedies for allergies.
Dr. Hahnemann published an overview of his new medical system in his book from 1810, The Organon of the Healing Art, of which the sixth edition, published in 1921, is still being used.
In his letter, Mr. Stevens says that he & # 39; has serious concerns & # 39; about the inclusion of society because the practice of homeopathy & # 39; fundamentally flawed & # 39; Remained.
He said the accreditation made a & # 39; false impression & # 39; would indicate to patients that homeopathic remedies are as familiar as the treatments that doctors, nurses and other professionals use in the registry.
& # 39; This is an essential problem at a time when there is an increase in misinformation about vaccines – some of which are apparently being promoted by homeopaths – and which poses a significant risk to human health, & # 39; he adds.
Stevens emphasized his position last night and said: "Everything that gives homeopathy a credibility veneer risks that chancers can let more people say goodbye to their hard-earned money in exchange for fake treatments that do nothing at best, and in the worst case can potentially be dangerous. & # 39;
The official position of the Society of Homeopathy regarding vaccinations is that homeopaths should not discourage the use of jabs, as this is & # 39; unethical & # 39; would be.
But Mr Stevens is concerned that many homeopaths are handing out anti-vaccine myths to patients independently.
The PSA, which reviews the accreditation of all organizations in its register every 12 months, said it would not comment on & # 39; live cases & # 39; with & # 39; applications being assessed & # 39 ;.
But Michael Marshall, from Good Thinking pro-science charity, said: & Any organization or practitioner spreading anti-vaxx myths is particularly dangerous right now. & # 39;
The Mail urges the government to launch a massive publicity campaign advocating the safety of vaccines.
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