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This is the November 2015 update from the Good Thinking Society
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November 2015

Welcome to our regular monthly update on our projects and progress, designed to give our supporters an insight into some of the things we're working on and how you might be able to help. Please feel free to share it with anyone you think might be interested in hearing more about what Good Thinking is currently working on. 
 

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..
Read our report in the Independent >>

Homeopathy in Scotland

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 Image from https://pixabay.com/en/sch%C3%BCssler-tablets-homeopathy-957258/

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 >>
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In other Good Thinking news this month:
Homeopathy Campaign Coverage in the Express and Observer
“Inside Harley Street” practitioners continue unsubstantiated claims
In May we found that the seven CAM practitioners featured in the BBC’s "Inside Harley Street" were all making misleading and unsubstantiated claims on their websites. We reported them all to the Advertising Standards Authority, who agreed with our findings. Yet, five months later, six of the seven sites are still making unsubstantiated claims.
Read more >>
Homeopathy Campaign Coverage in the Express and Observer
How to support the Good Thinking Society and our work
As a small charity, we value your support. You can help keep our work going by making a small monthly or one-off donation. As a small charity, everything our donors can do to support us makes a big difference. Plus, follow us on Twitter @GoodThinkingSoc.
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Good Thinking Society's Skeptics in the Pub talks
M209 auction raises £2k for Good Thinking and the All Trials campaign
During October, Good Thinking's founder Simon Singh auctioned off an original WWII M209 cipher machine, with proceeds shared between Good Thinking and Sense About Science's All Trials campaign. The winning bid came from retired cryptographer Steve Roberts, who bid £2,000 - with £1,000 going to fund our future work.
View the sale report >>
Good Thinking Society's Skeptics in the Pub talks
Upcoming Good Thinking talks
Throughout the next month, our Project Director Michael Marshall will speak in:
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