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The 10:23 Campaign Welcomes Select Committee Report

March 01 2010

The 10:23 Campaign and the Merseyside Skeptics Society would like to express unqualified support for the findings of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee in their report "Evidence Check 2: Homeopathy".

"Evidence Check 2: Homeopathy" far exceeded our expectations in terms of the scale, scope and precision of the recommendations made, not only calling for an end to NHS funding for homeopathic "remedies", but also for the removal of the special regulatory privileges afforded to homeopathy by the MHRA. The report represents a real victory for rationality in government and for the informed healthcare of the British public.

We fully agree with the conclusions and recommendations made by the committee, and feel they should be applauded for conducting such a thorough investigation. The report demonstrates a genuine understanding of the practical and ethical issues which arise when an already-overstretched NHS budget is used to fund implausible and pseudoscientific nonsense.

As the report was aimed at offering more evidence-based policy, we call on the government to listen to the advice of their experts and reflect this advice in their policies. It is also our hope that high street pharmacies such as Boots will pay close attention to the content of this report when considering if it is appropriate to continue lending legitimacy to nonsense medicine.