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Volume 477: debated on Thursday 12 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on homeopathic treatments remaining available on the NHS; and if he will make a statement. (209341)

It is Government policy that all decisions on what services/treatments to commission and fund are the responsibility of primary care trusts (PCTs). Most PCTs will have their own policy on the commissioning and funding of complementary and alternative medicine (including homoeopathy). Safety, clinical and cost-effectiveness, along with the availability of suitably qualified/regulated practitioners are all taken into account when decisions are being made on the provision of a treatment.