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Health: Homeopathy

Volume 709: debated on Wednesday 25 March 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether primary care trusts can require patients being referred to the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital to provide evidence of the clinical effectiveness of any treatment before referral is permitted. [HL2281]

The Government do not maintain a position on any complementary or alternative medicine treatments and it is the responsibility of the National Health Service to make decisions on what types of services or treatments they will commission and fund. In considering a referral for any type of treatment, a general practitioner would need to take into consideration safety, evidence of clinical and cost effectiveness as well as the availability of suitably qualified and regulated practitioners.