PCT Survey 2:
Pilot Study of the Provision of Homeopathy by PCTs
Results for those PCTs not providing homeopathy
Question 1: What criteria are used by the Board and any relevant advisory committees or individuals to assess homeopathic treatment when deciding not to provide the option of this treatment?
Of the 21 PCTs which stated that they do not provide homeopathy:
8 PCTs (38.1%) provided no information about these criteria
Otherwise various criteria were involved (some PCTs taking more than one factor into account):
13 PCTs (61.9%) took evidence of clinical effectiveness into account
5 PCTs (23.8%) took cost effectiveness into account
1 PCT (4.8%) took safety into account
4 PCTs (19.0%) took the position that homeopathy was a “low priority” treatment.
3 PCTs (14.3%) only allowed treatment by members of statutorily regulated bodies
1 PCT (4.8%) only allowed treatment by NHS professionals
1 PCT (4.8%) maintained that there was no demand for homeopathic treatment
11 PCTs (52.4%) took advice from other bodies, including
7 PCTs (33.3%) from NICE
2 PCTs (9.5%) from DoH
2 PCTs (9.5%) from sub-committees of the PCT Board
4 PCTs (19.0%) from other NHS committees
1 PCT (4.8%) maintained that “There is a substantial professional consensus that homeopathy is ineffective”
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.
Question 1: Of 21 PCTs ...
Of the 21 PCTs which stated that they do not provide homeopathy,
8 PCTs (38.1%) provided no information about these criteria.
Question 3: What is the total number of members of the Board and of those advisory committees and individuals?
Of the 21 PCTs which have decided not to provide homeopathy:
13 PCTs (61.9%) provided no information about committee numbers
8 PCTs (38.1%) provided information about PCT Board numbers
4 PCTs (19.0%) provided information about PCT Board sub-committee numbers
1 PCT (4.8%) provided information about other NHS committee numbers.
Question 3: Of 21 PCTs ...
13 PCTs (61.9%) provided no information about committee numbers.