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Doctors want homeopathy on the NHS to end
From Monday, GPs leading more than 200 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in England will become responsible for most of the health service budget and decide which treatments should be funded and which rationed.
The survey of more than 1,000 clinical staff who will be represented by the groups has found that 55 per cent want to see an immediate ban on funding homoeopathy and herbal medicine.
The finding could embarrass Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, who is known to be a supporter of homoeopathy, which is currently funded by about one in five Primary Care Trusts, the organisations to be replaced by CCGs.
The research by Campden Health found that GPs and nurses were deeply suspicious about several alternative therapies which currently receive millions of pounds in NHS funding.
More than a quarter of those polled called for acupuncture to be removed.
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