A recent article published by the BBC confirms that the NHS is planning to scrap homeopathy treatments in the UK in an attempt to save approximately £200m per year.
*The report confirms:
“Prescriptions for conditions including diarrhoea, thrush, acne and acute pain are among those up for review.
But the plans to scrap prescriptions for common health problems have been criticised by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society for hitting poorer families.
The RPS argues that low earners will be “disproportionately affected”.
NHS England said 18 treatments – such as homeopathy and some types of pain relief – cost the taxpayer £141m a year and generally should not be prescribed.
Simon Stevens, NHS England chief executive, said he was determined to “root out” waste and inefficiency.
He said: “The public rightly expects that the NHS will use every pound wisely, and today we’re taking practical action to free up funding to better spend on modern drugs and treatments.”
He described homeopathy as “at best a placebo and a misuse of scarce NHS funds”.
**What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a complementary or alternative medicine (CAM). This means that homeopathy is different in important ways from treatments that are part of conventional Western medicine.
It is based on a series of ideas developed in the 1790s by a German doctor called Samuel Hahnemann.
A central principle of the “treatment” is that “like cures like” – that a substance that causes certain symptoms can also help to remove those symptoms. A second central principle is based around a process of dilution and shaking, called succussion.
Practitioners believe that the more a substance is diluted in this way, the greater its power to treat symptoms. Many homeopathic remedies consist of substances that have been diluted many times in water until there is none or almost none of the original substance left.
Homeopathy is used to “treat” an extremely wide range of conditions, including physical conditions such as asthma and psychological conditions such as depression.
*For the full report by the BBC including the list of medicines with the annual cost to the NHS please visit, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-40683915
**the explanation of homeopathy has been taken from the NHS directly http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/homeopathy/Pages/Introduction.aspx#What-is-it