– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 23rd February 2011.

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Photo of Rhona Brankin Rhona Brankin Labour

Question S3W-39279

To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-37848 by Nicola Sturgeon on 25 November 2010, what its position is on whether the withdrawal of homeopathic services in NHS Lothian is consistent with "person-centredness and compassion" and "a holistic approach to people’s healthcare needs."

Photo of Nicola Sturgeon Nicola Sturgeon Scottish National Party

My understanding is that NHS Lothian has not taken a final decision about the future of local homoeopathic services. I have made it clear that I fully expect the board to engage with all local stakeholders as it further develops its plans. I have been advised that NHS Lothian is due to embark on a period of public consultation on this issue before it makes any final recommendation on the future of the service.

I would hope that the board, as part of its consultation, would take account of the information provided in these answers about the value of homoeopathy as an aspect of our approach to integrative care.

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