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London’s homeopathy centre to stop providing NHS-funded remedies
The Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine has announced that it will stop providing NHS-funded homeopathic remedies in April, in a move dubbed ‘long overdue’.
Homeopathy treatment is based on the notion that ‘like cures like’, believing that diluting a version of a substance that causes illness has healing properties. With one part of the substance mixed with 99 parts of water or alcohol, the end result is combined with a lactose (sugar) tablet.
Run by University College London Hospitals NHS Trust, the trust said that ’no NHS funding will be spent on homeopathic medicines’ anymore. Patient leaflets at the hospital read: "From 3 April 2018, the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine (RLHIM) will no longer be providing NHS-funded homeopathic remedies for any patients as part of their routine care."
Simon Stevens, the chief executive of NHS England, has described homeopathy as ‘at best a placebo and a misuse of scarce NHS funds’, with other campaigners arguing that the move was ‘hugely significant, and long overdue’.