18 February 2011

HM's Shame.

Last year while I was still living in the UK I signed this petition that said:

The House Commons Science and Technology committee has recently undertaken an evidence check on the usefulness of homeopathy and has now published its report.
The conclusions are unequivocal. They say "To maintain patient trust, choice and safety, the Government should not endorse the use of placebo treatments, including homeopathy. Homeopathy should not be funded on the NHS and the MHRA should stop licensing homeopathic products."
The government should implement these recommendations as soon as possible.

Today in my email I received this message:

You signed a petition asking the Prime Minister to implement the
recommendations of the House Commons Science and Technology committee
evidence check on Homeopathy.

Her Majesty's Government has responded to that petition and you can view it

I'm so glad I no longer am paying for the NHS to support this, now off to fight the fight here in the States (and no this doesn't mean I'm not going to support the fight in the UK anymore.

Ironically, while looking up the government links for this blog, I found this image in the heading for the NHS Direct site:

How can you trust a system that pays for homeopathic treatment? 
In doing so they are giving out a signal that such treatment actually works.
There is a good sign tho - they have removed homeopathy from this site
(pending a review by the Department of Health policy team responsible
for complementary and alternative medicines.)

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