We’re all, of course, very happy about the results of the House of Commons Science and Technology committee’s evidence check on homeopathy. But it’s important to realise exactly what has happened. This is a House of Commons committee which has produced a list of recommendations. The government is under no obligation at all to take any notice of those recommendations. Unfortunately, Richard Wiseman’s tweet, “yipppeeee it’s official, NHS will no longer give people smarties”, is likely to be somewhat premature.
So that’s why I’ve set up a petition on the number 10 web site. The petition says:
We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to Implement the recommendations of the House Commons Science and Technology committee evidence check on Homeopathy.
The House Commons Science and Technology committee has recently undertaken an evidence check on the usefulness of homeopathy and has now published its report.
The conclusions are unequivocal. They say “To maintain patient trust, choice and safety, the Government should not endorse the use of placebo treatments, including homeopathy. Homeopathy should not be funded on the NHS and the MHRA should stop licensing homeopathic products.”
The government should implement these recommendations as soon as possible.
If we can get enough people to sign this petition I hope we can send a message to the government letting them know that we support the committee’s findings and don’t want the NHS’s money wasted on nonsense like homeopathy.
Of course, this close to an election, the government is likely to be very wary of making any kind of a statement that might lose them support amongst the woo-mongers. We need to persuade them that skeptical (and rational) voters outnumber the idiots. At the very least, we should be able to get more signatures than this ridiculous petition.
So please sign the petition. And please pass the details on to anyone else who might be interested. The battle has not been won yet.