Have your say on NHS Homeopathy funding in the Wirral

3736069_1426544235.2609_funddescription-300x225Last year, skeptical charity the Good Thinking Society successfully challenged NHS Liverpool CCG over their decision to spend over £30,000 per year on homeopathic remedies. Given that homeopathy has proven to be nothing other than placebo, they argued that spending any money at all on this treatment was unjustifiable and possibly unlawful, and we at the Merseyside Skeptics Society supported them full. We’re expecting the results of the consultation soon, but meanwhile some of the few remaining CCGs to still fund homeopathy are beginning to conduct their own consultations, with NHS Wirral CCG next to seek the opinions of the public on the funding of homeopathy.

Please take a moment to share your thoughts with the CCG via their online survey, which is open to everyone, even if you are not a resident of the Wirral: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/WHDHW3X

This is a rare chance for us to make our opinions known. Liverpool CCG’s online consultation doubtlessly received responses from a great deal of homeopathy supporters, which we were hopefully able to balance out with the views of members of the general public, including scientists and rationalists. It is almost certain that this consultation by Wirral CCG will receive just as much attention from supporters of homeopathy. If supporters of evidence based medicine don’t speak up, the consultation will be swamped with homeopathy fans and funding may continue.

It takes less than 5 minutes for you to do your part to ensure the reputation of the NHS is not used to lend credibility to a system of alternative medicine that can offer no benefits to patients. Take the survey now >>

If you’d like to understand more about the consultation, the accompanying pages offer some insights into the issues surrounding homeopathy in the Wirral.

Once you’ve taken the survey, be sure to share it with friends and colleagues – the more support NHS Wirral CCG gets for ending homeopathy funding, the better chance we have of helping them make this decision happen.

You can also support the work the Good Thinking Society is doing to challenge NHS homeopathy by making a small monthly or one-off donation. It was their legal challenge which pressured Liverpool CCG to consult on homeopathy and which contributed to the pressure to consult in the Wirral, and it was their legal challenge which resulted in the current nationwide consultation on banning homeopathy prescriptions on the NHS. If you think that’s worth a fiver or a tenner, you can donate now.

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  1. #1 by Mark O'Connor on February 23, 2016 - 12:06

    I dislike the charade of homeopathy. It deserves as much state backing as medicinal chicken sacrifice does.

    Homeopaths should be sued out of business until they can PROVE any effect of their ‘treatment’

  2. #2 by Mark loftus on February 23, 2016 - 12:51

    I don’t believe the taxpayer should be funding anything that isn’t supported by scientific evidence.

  3. #3 by Judy Ugonna on February 23, 2016 - 22:57

    I am totally opposed to us spending taxpayers’ money on homeopathy. There is no good science confirming the effectiveness of homeopathy. If people wish to have homeopathic treatment, they should fund it out of their own pockets, just as they would have to if they had someone tell their fortune, interpret tarot cards or decide to try a grapefruit diet to improve their health.

  4. #4 by Ben Twilly on February 24, 2016 - 11:45

    I had my say in the comments box at the end
    “Homeopathy is unproven and frankly a shameful use of NHS funding, if the CCG continue to fund make believe medicine can you let me know when the catering contract is up for tender, my 6 year old has some great tea parties with his teddies and is sure to undercut any other bids, his pretend tea and biscuits are more plausible then the idea of Homeopathy”

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