• Petitioned The National Health Service

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Amend the NHSChoices website to indicate homeopathy's ineffectiveness.

    1. Tim McGregor
    2. Petition by

      Tim McGregor

      Shoreham by Sea, United Kingdom

The current NHS choices page on homeopathy is misleading and presents homeopathy as if it is a valid treatment for potentially serious conditions such as asthma and depression, which may cause the public to make erroneous and potentially life-threatening decisions relating to their healthcare.
In actual fact the current state of the available evidence indicates that homeopathy is no more effective than placebo, as was determined by the House of Commons science and technology committee This advice was watered down as a result of lobbying by a pro-homeopathy organisation. It is a disgrace that this service is offered by the NHS, and that inaccurate information is provided about it on their public information website.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2013/feb/13/prince-charity-lobbied-government-homeopathy

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    1. Success! (kinda)

      Tim McGregor
      Petition Organizer

      The NHS have changed the page to make the conclusion of the available evidence much more obvious. Check out: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/homeopathy/Pages/Introduction.aspx

      This is the best result that could be hoped for barring an announcement that the NHS will stop funding all Homeopathy treatments, making this petition redundant. I'd like to claim this petition had something to with it but feel it's unlikely and that the result was likely achieved as a result of the original Guardian article and the actions of people like Andy Lewis over at Quackometer. http://www.quackometer.net/blog/2013/02/write-to-your-mp-about-nhs-choices.html

      Thanks for signing anyway guys.

    2. Reached 100 signatures

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    • Laura Hyde LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      I would hate to see someone get worse through stupidly believing in homeopathy. The "treatment" is diluted so much that there sometimes isn't even a trace value of the original substance. It's considered safe BECAUSE THERE'S NOTHING IN IT - but it's so dangerous should it be considered a viable option by someone seriously ill.

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    • simon clare HOVE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      There are treatments that work better than placebo and people miss out on them if they use homeopathy.

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    • Clare Jones LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      Because it's bad science.

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    • Sean Ellis FARNHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      Reliable and accurate healthcare information is vital for patients to make informed choices about their own treatment. Allowing special interest groups to modify impartial advice removes informed consent.

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    • Susan Bell STANMORE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      When resources are limited it is ridiculous to waste them on quackery. We might just as well support crystal healing. Also many people confuse homeopathic medicine (useless) with herbal medicine (can be useful, but I'd rather have my meds tested and in a purified state).

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