The U.K’s National Health Service have announced a ban on holistic therapies as a ‘misuse of resources’.
Homeopathy and herbal treatments have so far been used in some cases, but as the NHS state this has been a ‘misuse of funds‘, and even bizarrely ‘as a placebo’.
Did the NHS just admit that their use of holistic treatments has been simply to due patients into believing they are getting better?
The NHS has been the center of a financial crisis for several years now, as measures are being put in place to save money wherever they can.
This move to cut homeopathy and herbal medicine from their program is set to save them £250 million a year.
This move come despite many people who receive these types of treatments on the NHS claiming that they work excellently for them, as alternative therapies are given more and more in the wake of ‘standard’ medicine failing.
Director of Policy at National Voices, Don Redding spoke of the move, saying:
“Whilst some treatments are available to purchase over-the-counter, that does not mean that everyone can afford them.
There will be distinct categories of people who rely on NHS funding for prescriptions of remedies that are otherwise available over-the-counter.”
“Stopping such prescriptions would break with the principle of an NHS ‘free at the point of use’ and would create a system where access to treatments is based on a person’s ability to pay.”
Though the move seems to be the NHS turning their back on holistic treatments, the NHS officials have said that these treatments will simply not be available for the low NHS fees, and will have to be be subsidized by the patients themselves.