No more free homeopathy healthcare on the NHS in North Somerset
PUBLISHED: 10:00 11 August 2018
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Homeopathy treatments prescribed on the NHS are to be stopped in North Somerset to save money.
The holistic approach to treating people costs Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (BNSSG CCG) about £109,000 per year.
BNSSG CCG was the only organisation of its kind to ‘routinely fund’ homeopathy treatments anywhere in England.
It says scrapping the 40 or so cases each year will save the same amount of money as is required to fund 22 hip replacements or 170 cataract operations.
A CCG spokesman said the organisation ‘needs to make savings of £37million in this financial year as part of a long-term strategy to get health and care spending under control’.
‘Exceptional cases’ for NHS homeopathy funding will be considered.
In a consultation exercise last summer, three-quarters of responders said homoeopathy should not be funded on the NHS.