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Parlimentary : Science and Technology Commitee Report on Homeopathy
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EVIDENCE CHECK REPORT ON HOMEOPATHY CONSIDERED FLAWED BY MPs AND DISMISSED BY GOVERNMENT

On February 22nd 2010 the UK Parliament’s Science and Technology Committee published an ‘evidence check’ report on homeopathy.

The main purpose of the committee’s work leading up to the report had been to investigate government spending on homeopathy through the National Health Service (NHS) and the licensing of homeopathic products through the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

The report, approved by only three of the committee members, was largely negative towards homeopathy, and has been referred to extensively by anti-homeopathy campaigners. However, many Members of Parliament and the Governments’ Department of Health itself expressed serious concerns about both the approach taken and the recommendations made in the report. Most importantly, the Government itself rejected the recommendations of the report and endorsed a patient’s right to continue to access homeopathy on the NHS.

The purpose of this site is to ensure that the full truth about this report is made available to the public.

Indeed, contrary to the report’s rhetoric, homeopathy is...

  • A long-trusted and widely used method of treatment - Homeopathy has been safely used for over 200 years and is a widely used and recognised form of medical treatment across the EU and beyond

  • Not simply the placebo effect – there is clear evidence that homeopathy works, including the ‘gold standard’ of evidence: Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs) and systematic reviews

  • The patient’s right to choose – as the Government’s response to the committee’s report reflects, removing homeopathy from the NHS would deny many patients access to a form of treatment they have found beneficial, often when conventional medicine has failed

Please see further pages for more details on the report itself, responses from a variety of sources, information on homeopathy and useful links.

A flawed report

An independent critique written by Earl Baldwin of Bewdley concluded that the committee's report was “an unreliable source of evidence about homeopathy."

Read his critique here


 

 

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