‘No reliable evidence’ that homeopathy is effective

Hannah Devlin for The Times 10th April reports: ‘No reliable evidence’ that homeopathy is effective

This is not news, but just because something is ineffective does this mean it should be banned? The placebo effect is a very strong one, and some people really believe in homeopathy. Homeopathy treatments are usually cheap, and removing a choice of placebo goes against my better judgement..

I would allow homeopathy to continue to be prescribed as long as the patient had no other treatment within a month, and if they did, for the same condition, they paid the real cost… They might also consider “registering” as a preferred homeopath which might save money. If homeopathy is banned the medical profession can easily live with this change..

The “Doctor Drug” is enshrined in Balint thinking… 

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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