Homeopathy backlash having effect

Unlike homeopathy itself.

“If the Royal London [Homeopathic Hospital] were to close because of PCT deficits, we would scarcely miss it,”

said Michael Baum, Emeritus Professor of Surgery at University College London, in response to a report that some Primary Care Trusts, or local health authorities, have stopped or drastically reduced their funding for treatment at the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital (RLHH). Baum added:

“Homeopathy is no better than witchcraft. It’s no better than a placebo effect. It’s patronising and insulting for adults.”

Supporters of homeopathy are complaining that Britain’s leading homeopathy clinic, which is supported by the Queen and Prince Charles, is under threat of closure owing to what RLHH Clinical Director Ian Fisher claims is an “orchestrated campaign” against alternative medicine by leading doctors.

There is indeed a campaign, against bad science, and those orchestrating the campaign should feel proud of its success. Prince Charles is said to be concerned by the development, but regards it as inappropriate to intervene publicly owing to the adverse publicity surrounding his “meddling” in public affairs.

In a wonderful example of political-speak, Robert Naylor, chief executive of the University College London Hospitals NHS Trust, to which the RLHH belongs, said:

“There’s no danger that the hospital will close. But if there’s a national decision by PCTs in unison not to fund homeopathic treatments, we would have to discontinue provision of homeopathic treatment.”

The National Health Service should stop funding the RLHH, and free up money and facilities for a palliative care centre, as suggested by Baum. If people want to waste their own money on so-called alternative and complementary medicine, they are free to do so, but public money should not be used to fund medical treatments that do not work.