The committee received 60 written submissions for the report. The primary oral evidence for the inquiry was conducted in front of two panels on 25th November 2009, with one panel debating government NHS policy and the other debating MHRA regulation.
The House of Commons Science & Technology Committee published its report called ‘Evidence Check 2: Homeopathy', HC 45, during its Fourth Report of Session 2009-10 on February 22nd 2010.
The Committee claimed that it did not want to question homeopathy itself or the motives of homeopathic practitioners, but instead question NHS funding and licensing via the MHRA:
“This inquiry was an examination of the evidence behind government policies on homeopathy, not an inquiry into homeopathy. We do not challenge the intentions of those homeopaths who strive to cure patients, nor do we question that many people feel they have benefited from it. Our task was to determine whether scientific evidence supports government policies that allow the funding and provision of homeopathy through the NHS and the licensing of homeopathic products by the MHRA¹.”
Science and Technology Committee ‘Evidence Check 2: Homeopathy' HC 45, during its Fourth Report of Session 2009-10; Section 1 Introduction
The MPs present at the first Evidence meeting on Wednesday 25th November 2009 were:
The MPs present at the second Evidence meeting on Monday 30th November 2009 were:
The final meeting of the Evidence Check report on the 8th February 2010 was only attended by the follow six out of the fourteen MPs on the Science & Technology Committee:
Out of the whole committee, only three MPs voted in favour of the key findings of the report:
The full text of the report can be found online here:
¹ Science and Technology Committee ‘Evidence Check 2: Homeopathy' HC 45, during its Fourth Report of Session 2009-10; Section 1 Introduction
Patients who use homeopathy
Professional homeopaths (the majority of practitioners in the UK)
Any of 4 primary care trusts who continue to provide homeopathy services (evidence was heard from the NHS West Kent – the only PCT which has decommissioned homeopathy)