NHS Lothian’s decision to stop funding its homeopathy service comes as no surprise. The health board has been predisposed to withdrawing the service from the outset of its farcical consultation process (many patients were unaware it was taking place); a consultation which failed to listen to actual patient feedback in the form of general correspondence and feedback at public meetings, instead concentrating only on the flawed online survey which was hijacked by people outside of Lothian who campaign against homeopathy.
Consequently the survey’s results are skewed and unrepresentative of the local population. Interestingly, of the written responses – where people included a local address – 85% wanted funding for the service to continue.
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