From: GP online
Only 15% of PCTs are now providing NHS funding for homeopathy as managers scrap support for it to focus on more cost-effective treatment, GP has found.
Freedom of Information requests by GP magazine found that one in seven of PCTs in England paid for homeopathy services in 2011/12.
The number of PCTs funding homeopathy has fallen by a quarter since 2010/11, when one in five trusts funded it, and by half since 2008/9, when a third of trusts provided funding for it.
A total of 116 out of 152 PCTs responded to GP’s request for data about trusts’ 2010/11 and 2011/12 expenditure on services involving homeopathy. Previous GP research found 34% of PCTs funded it in 2008/9.
PCTs said homeopathy was now classified as a low priority because of poor evidence for its clinical effectiveness.
Two trusts withdrew funding after the House of Commons science committee said in 2010 that the NHS should not fund it. Another two said they planned to stop funding in 2012/13.