I don’t need to write stuff myself as the 10:23 campaign team have done the hard work for me.
Since I agree 100% I’ll just copy their email below and ask everyone to sign the very same petition that I signed!
My short addition:
The NHS Spends around £4M a year on homeopathy. That may not sound like much, but it’s more than I earn (earned, when I had a job). It is also still £4M that should be used on real medicine – the stuff that works and could save lives.
Additionally, the very fact that the NHS spends money on homeopathy gives it an aura of credibility that it doesn’t deserve. This may lead people to seek help in homeopathic potions (i.e. drinking water) instead of, or delaying, visiting their GP or other qualified doctor, keeping them away from medicine that may help them. I need not explain this could potentially be life-threatening.
So, read this and then sign, or even better, take my word for it and just sign the petition.
Dear 10:23 Campaign Followers,
It’s been a few weeks now since our mass ‘overdose’ event, which made headlines the world over. Quite a bit has happened since then, most significant being the publication of the Parliament Science and Technology Select Committee’s report on homeopathy.
The report made several recommendations to the government, including:
- an end to NHS funding for homeopathy;
- an end to research into the efficacy of homeopathy – the question is settled;
- an end to special regulatory privileges for homeopathy and the withdrawal of existing PLRs; and
- an investigation into how much money the government has spent on homeopathy.
The government has yet to respond to the report and they may choose to take up some, all or none of the recommendations made. That’s why we need to make it clear that we want the government to listen to its experts and action the recommendations made in this report as soon as possible.
One way you can help do this is by signing the petition available at http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/nohomeopathy/
There will be more hand-on action to follow, but this represents a good start. Please sign up and encourage your friends and colleagues to do the same.
The 10:23 Team