Last year, NHS England recommended doctors should no longer prescribe a number of treatments, including homeopathy. One of our British Associations, The British Homeopathic Association (BHA) believed it had identified serious flaws in the way the health commissioning authority consulted the public on this issue and sought a judicial review.
Although the judge found there were sufficient grounds for a judicial review, after four days of lengthy legal arguments at the start of May, he dismissed the claims.
Margaret Wyllie, BHA Chair, said the case highlighted how health bosses were unfairly manipulating the consultation process and making decisions about healthcare services without genuine patient engagement.
“That NHS England attracted fewer than 3,000 responses from patients to a national consultation that ran for three months highlights its failure to genuinely engage with the public on important decisions about healthcare provision.” In the meantime the BHA was able to gather a petition with over 34 000 signatures.
Despite this disappointment, the BHA remains committed to defending homeopathic services. They continue to champion homeopathy’s health benefits, cost effectiveness and the right of patients to choose homeopathy for their healthcare needs.
For further information, click on the link: https://www.britishhomeopathic.org/media-centre/bhas-brave-legal-bid-overturn-nhs-decision-homeopathy-fails/