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Should homeopathy be NHS-funded?

28 April 2015

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Homeopathy funding will be reviewed by Liverpool clinical commissioning group (CCG) after a legal challenge from a pro-science group.

In February The Good Thinking Society, working with a law firm, legally challened the CCG on homeopathy funding. This morning Liverpool CCG said it “has agreed” with the society to review it.

“Liverpool CCG currently resources a small homeopathy contract to the value of £30,000 per year that benefits a small number of patients in the city who choose to access NHS homeopathy care and treatment services.

“The CCG has agreed with the Good Thinking Society to carry out further engagement with patients and the general public to inform our future commissioning intentions for this service,” said a spokesperson for Liverpool CCG.

On the society’s website, one of its lawyers, Salima Budhani said: “CCGs have legal obligations to properly consider relevant evidence, as well as the views of experts and residents, in deciding how precious NHS resources are to be spent. It is essential that commissioning decisions are rational and evidence-based.”