NHS trust stops homeopathy funds

Health bosses have recommended that NHS funding for a homeopathic hospital in Kent should be stopped.

West Kent Primary Care Trust has been conducting a review of all its funding.

Up until now, part of it has been paying for patients to be treated at the Tunbridge Wells Homeopathic Hospital, or at a clinic in Bromley. Spokeswoman Emma Burns said the move was because "the NHS has to decide the best use of money on the evidence of clinical effectiveness".

Trust executives recommended to board members at a meeting that the £160,000 spent on treatments each year could be better spent elsewhere. It follows a lengthy and extensive public consultation.

Decision on future

The clinic treats up to 1,000 patients a year, and is one of just five in the UK to provide homeopathic treatment on the NHS.

Source - BBC

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