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HOMEOPATHY AND CHRONIC PRIMARY INSOMNIA

That this House welcomes the randomised, double blind, placebo-controlled study at Durban University of Technology, South Africa, which evaluated the efficacy of homeopathic simillimum in the treatment of chronic primary insomnia; notes that the measurement tools used were a sleep diary (SD) and a sleep impairment index (SII); further notes that the SD data revealed that verum treatment resulted in a significant increase in duration of sleep throughout the study and a significant improvement in SII scores, compared to the placebo treatment which resulted in no significant increase in the duration of sleep; observes that an initial improvement occurred in the placebo group but this was not sustained and that a comparison between the results revealed a statistically significant difference; believes that homeopathic simillimum treatment of primary insomnia is effective compared with placebo in this study; and calls for further research in this area.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Brine, Steve Conservative Party Winchester 22.06.2010
Campbell, Gregory Democratic Unionist Party Londonderry East 29.06.2010
Dobbin, Jim Labour Party Heywood and Middleton 28.10.2010
Gray, James Conservative Party North Wiltshire 23.06.2010
Halfon, Robert Conservative Party Harlow 22.06.2010
Hancock, Mike Liberal Democrats Portsmouth South 29.06.2010
Harrington, Richard Conservative Party Watford 24.06.2010
McCrea, Dr William Democratic Unionist Party South Antrim 23.06.2010
Meale, Alan Labour Party Mansfield 28.06.2010
Sheridan, Jim Labour Party Paisley and Renfrewshire North 14.10.2010
Simpson, David Democratic Unionist Party Upper Bann 30.06.2010
Stephenson, Andrew Conservative Party Pendle 29.06.2010
Stewart, Bob Conservative Party Beckenham 23.06.2010
Tredinnick, David Conservative Party Bosworth 21.06.2010
Vaz, Keith Labour Party Leicester East 28.06.2010
Walley, Joan Labour Party Stoke-on-Trent North 23.06.2010

Amendment 287A1 - HOMEOPATHY AND CHRONIC PRIMARY INSOMNIA

leave out from `House' to end and insert `notes the study conducted at Durban University of Technology, South Africa, by Naude et al, published in Homeopathy (2010) 99 63-68, which claimed that homeopathic treatment of primary insomnia was significantly more effective compared with placebo; further notes that only 33 patients were enrolled, which makes any conclusion statistically questionable, especially given the randomisation did not take account of the distribution of any clinically relevant variables between the resulting two groups, for example any age differences; further notes that there was not full blinding with respect to the dispenser of the treatment; recognises the dangers, inherent with publication bias, in selectively citing isolated small studies of dubious significance in the absence of any demonstration that infinitely diluted and vigorously shaken solutions have a rational and effective method of action; and supports the findings of the Fourth Report from the Science and Technology Select Committee of Session 2009-10, Evidence Check 2: Homeopathy, HC45, namely that there are ethical problems in prescribing patients placebos without full candour, that the evidence base is clearly that homeopathy is not effective beyond placebo and so scarce NHS funds should not be spent commissioning it at a time when, due to cost, the health service is not even able to provide its patients with treatments that have been clearly shown to be effective, and that putting patients through pointless further clinical trials and the spending of scarce public sector funds on research into homeopathy cannot be justified.'.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Campbell, Ronnie Labour Party Blyth Valley 19.07.2010
Cunningham, Tony Labour Party Workington 13.07.2010
Flynn, Paul Labour Party Newport West 29.06.2010
Gilmore, Sheila Labour Party Edinburgh East 02.12.2010
Huppert, Julian Liberal Democrats Cambridge 24.06.2010
Sanders, Adrian Liberal Democrats Torbay 01.11.2010
Swales, Ian Liberal Democrats Redcar 09.11.2010
Swinson, Jo Liberal Democrats East Dunbartonshire 20.07.2010