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BRITISH MEDICAL ASSOCIATION MOTIONS ON HOMEOPATHY

That this House regrets the decision taken at the Annual Representative Meeting of the British Medical Association to oppose further commissioning and funding of homeopathic remedies in the NHS; further regrets that doctors who opposed the motions were excluded from the meeting; notes that none of those voting on the issue had studied or had any experience of homeopathy; further notes that many of the 500 doctors trained in homeopathy in the UK prefer to use homeopathy, when appropriate, before using powerful allopathic drugs; further notes that surveys show that a large proportion of the population have at some time or other used homeopathy or herbal medicine; further notes that 140 books have been published on homeopathy and that there is overwhelming anecdotal evidence that homeopathy is effective, frequently in cases when patients have not found relief through conventional medical treatments; further notes that those who do not want homeopathic treatment or remedies are under no obligation to have or take them; believes that there should be further research in this area; and calls on the Government to maintain a policy of allowing health commissions to refer to homeopathic doctors and approved homeopaths when they think it appropriate.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Berger, Luciana Labour Party Liverpool Wavertree 29.06.2010
Davies, Glyn Conservative Party Montgomeryshire 29.06.2010
Docherty, Thomas Labour Party Dunfermline and West Fife 29.06.2010
Halfon, Robert Conservative Party Harlow 30.06.2010
Hancock, Mike Liberal Democrats Portsmouth South 30.06.2010
Hodge, Margaret Labour Party Barking 29.06.2010
Hopkins, Kelvin Labour Party Luton North 30.06.2010
McDonnell, John Labour Party Hayes and Harlington 30.06.2010
McGuire, Anne Labour Party Stirling 29.06.2010
Meale, Alan Labour Party Mansfield 30.06.2010
Mordaunt, Penny Conservative Party Portsmouth North 29.06.2010
Robertson, John Labour Party Glasgow North West 11.10.2010
Stephenson, Andrew Conservative Party Pendle 01.07.2010
Stevenson, John Conservative Party Carlisle 29.06.2010
Tredinnick, David Conservative Party Bosworth 29.06.2010
Vaz, Keith Labour Party Leicester East 29.06.2010

Amendment 342A1 - BRITISH MEDICAL ASSOCIATION MOTIONS ON HOMEOPATHY

  • Session: 2010-12
  • Date tabled: 06.07.2010
  • Primary sponsor: Huppert, Julian
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    leave out from `House' to end and insert `welcomes the policy adopted by the British Medical Association (BMA) concurring with the conclusions of the Science and Technology Select Committee's Fourth Report of Session 2009-10, Evidence Check 2: Homeopathy, HC45, and opposing the funding of homeopathy on the NHS; recognises that the BMA decides its policies democratically whereby any member can stand for election as a representative to its Annual Representative Meeting or to its Council; considers that a professional medical organisation is better placed to judge the evidence for the efficacy and the cost-effectiveness of a treatment, and the ethics of prescribing placebos based on a pseudo-scientific explanation of a non-existent mode of action, than the homeopathy industry itself; regrets that a small minority of doctors seek to use placebos in preference to appropriate reassurance or effective medicines; believes that the number of people who choose to use homeopathy or other non-evidence-based approaches is a separate question from whether the NHS should spend scarce resources on such things; further believes that the existence of anecdotes and books, even hardback ones, that suggest that homeopathy is effective merely highlights the importance of differentiating, through techniques such as randomised controlled trials, between evidence and anecdote; notes that those who want to use homeopathic treatments are not prevented from accessing them through commercial outlets; and agrees with the Select Committee that putting patients through pointless further clinical trials, and the spending of scarce public sector funds on any more research into homeopathy, cannot be justified.'.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Huppert, Julian Liberal Democrats Cambridge 06.07.2010