National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill

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Photo of David Tredinnick David Tredinnick Conservative, Bosworth 11:34 am, 21st November 2014

The hon. Gentleman makes my point. I remember when some of his friends went to Boots in Kensington high street and consumed the entire stock of homeopathic medicine. They saw that as a huge triumph, as they felt it illustrated the fact that homeopathic medicine was not effective. Of course it did nothing of the sort; it proved that it was absolutely safe to take these preparations under any circumstances, and that the only time they work is if they are in the right preparation and are taken in the right amount, as prescribed by a professional.

I say to the Minister—I hope he will tune in to what I am saying—that we must move away from this insistence on evidence-based medicine and look at evidence-based practitioners. This is an area that has been overlooked for a very long time. There is much evidence that practitioners are well regulated, and we do not need to insist on checking every single preparation that people consume. Five areas of regulation already exist. The hon. Member for Eltham might want to think about that, as it is a matter that could be put into the Bill if it goes to Committee.

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Lee Turnpenny
Posted on 26 Nov 2014 5:09 pm (Report this annotation)

Tredinnick is again apparently exploiting opportunity to promote quackery and its ‘integration’ into the NHS. ‘Homeopathic medicine’ is an oxymoron. Reliance on evidence-based medicine is a problem to those who persist in advocating alternatives for which there is no evidence of efficacy – such as homeopathy.

Of course it was safe – it was water!