Health written question – answered on 26th June 2012.

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Photo of George Freeman George Freeman Conservative, Mid Norfolk

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has made any estimate of the (a) funding and (b) bed capacity that would need to be made available in the event that a full range of homeopathic remedies were to be provided by the NHS; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Anne Milton Anne Milton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The Department has made no such assessment.

The Department does not maintain a position on any particular complementary or alternative therapy including homeopathy. It is the responsibility of local national health service organisations to make decisions on the commissioning and funding of such treatments, taking account of issues to do with safety, clinical and cost-effectiveness and the availability of suitably qualified/regulated practitioners.

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