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NHS Homeopathy spending in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
Supporters of our work will be aware that over the last 18 months we've been running an extensive campaign challenging NHS homeopathy spending, including identifying which English NHS bodies fund homeopathy. Most recently, we expanded our investigation, with the help of volunteers Adam Cuerdon and Rhys Morgan, to understand the level of homeopathic spending across the rest of the UK.
Our final report, including maps highlighting where in the UK the NHS funds homeopathy, were published as part of our report in the Independent, to widespread interest from skeptics and supporters of evidence-based medicine. Our report in the Independent also received some 'interesting' comments from homeopathy supporters..
Homeopathy in Scotland
Read our report in the Independent >>
There are 14 health boards in Scotland. Of these, Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, Fife, Forth Valley, Highland and Orkney all confirmed to us that they do not fund homeopathic remedies. Of the remainder, homeopathy is funded in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, NHS Grampian, NHS Tayside, NHS Western Isles and NHS Shetland, totalling almost £2m per year.
Of that £2m, the majority is spent by the Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital (recently re-named the Glasgow Centre For Intergrative Care).
Homeopathy in Wales
Homeopathy funding in Wales seems to be following an encouraging trend. Only two NHS bodies confirmed they fund homeopathic remedies: NHS Aneurin Bevan and NHS Betsi Cadwaladr. Combined, the two spent just £316.77 in the year 2014/15 - down from £1193.34 in 2009/10.
The remaining area of uncertainty, however, concerns NHS Cardiff and Vale, who explained that they were unable to identify whether homeopathic treatments made up component parts of individual patient care pathways. However, given that they do not have a contract with a homeopathy supplier and do not directly fund homeopathy, it seems unlikely that spend in Cardiff and Vale exceeds that of the rest of the country.
Homeopathy in Northern Ireland
We're happy to report that none of the health boards in Northern Ireland fund homeopathy, rendering the country entirely free from NHS wastage on homeopathic remedies.
Read the full report on NHS Homeopathy spending in the UK >>