A website produced by H:MC21 to promote homeopathy and defend the right of people in the UK to choose homoeopathy within the NHS

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This pilot study ... based on responses from 7% of PCTs ... has clearly exposed weaknesses in the approach to decision-making about the provision of homeopathy in the NHS.

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Question A:  Of 26 PCTs ...

7 PCTs (26.9%) actually provide homeopathy ...
12 PCTs (46.2%) provide homeopathy only through a special committee.

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Question D:  Of 7 PCTs ...

6 PCTs (85.7%) do not monitor clinical or cost effectiveness.

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Question B: If access is controlled by the patient’s GP, what procedures exist to make sure that GPs are competent to take this decision?

Taking into account all 7 PCTs which provide homeopathy through direct prescription or referral:

  • In 6 PCTs (85.7%) practitioners monitor their own competence
  • In 1 PCT (14.3%) no information was provided about monitoring
    • Question C: What guidelines are provided to enable GPs who do not meet this level of competence to make informed decisions about homeopathic treatment?

      Taking into account all 7 PCTs which provide homeopathy through direct prescription or referral:

      • 2 PCTs (28.6%) provide guidelines
      • 2 PCTs (28.6%) provide no guidelines
      • 1 PCT (14.3%) stated that the question was “not applicable”
      • 2 PCTs provide no information
        • Question D: What procedures exist to compare outcomes and costs of homeopathic treatment with other forms of treatment?

          Taking into account all 7 PCTs which provide homeopathy through direct prescription or referral:

          • 6 PCTs (85.7%) do not monitor clinical or cost effectiveness
          • 1 PCT (14.3%) provided no information about monitoring.