Looks like you’re on the UK site. Choose another location to see content specific to your location

Home Industry News One in three PCTs ‘still funding homeopathy’

One in three PCTs ‘still funding homeopathy’

21st February 2011

A third of primary care trusts (PCTs) are still funding homeopathy services, even though the House of Commons Health Committee and many doctors believe they should stop.

An investigation by GP magazine revealed that the number of PCTs funding homeopathy has dropped by 24 per cent since 2006, largely because of poor evidence to support its use.

However, 30 per cent of trusts still provide funding, with overall spending on the controversial therapies rising by five per cent between 2007-08 and 2008-09 and by seven per cent the following year.

Dr Vivienne Nathanson, the British Medical Association's head of science and ethics, said the association supports the Department of Health's decision to give PCTs control over their own funding decisions.

However, she added: "We are concerned that scarce funding will be spent on 'treatment' that has no evidence base and that may not work."

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society's stance is that studies have failed to provide evidence for the effectiveness of homeopathic products, with the body refusing to endorse it as a means of treatment.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800417469-ADNFCR

We currently have 9 jobs available in Pharmacy industry, find your perfect one now.

Stay informed

Receive the latest industry news, Tips
and straight to your inbox.