2013 Will See the End of NHS Homeopathy Hospitals in England

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On the 7th of January 2013, the Cotham Hill site of the Bristol Homeopathic Hospital will close and the staff will move to a new NHS development, the South Bristol Community Hospital. 


A report into the move states that the homeopathy service has been in rapid decline over the past few years with the current levels of patient referrals being insufficient to support their own premises. In 2009/2010 there were 898 new patients seen at the hospital. This has now collapsed to 470 in the last year. The reasons given for the move appear to be somewhat confused with suggestions that it is to do with an expensive  need to improve IT services and put modern networking in the building and that the University of Bristol want their building back. What is clear is that the homeopaths hope the move with change their fortunes. 

Bristol Homeopahic Hospital has had a difficult month and have had to withdraw their outreach clinics from Cullomtpon. The clinic was held at the GP Surgery complex of Michael Dixon, champion of alternative medicine and favourite of Prince Charles.

The report stresses that the proposed change of location is not a downgrade of service but just a relocation. This is not quite true. From having a dedicated building, the homeopathy service will now be sharing space, leased by the NHS from private company Bristol Infracare (LiftCo). In their own words, they are “losing their own front door”. The report also discusses the need to do structural changes to create waiting spaces in the new building with the required “calm atmosphere”. When your medicine is nothing but sugar pills, having a nice space becomes that much more important.

The closure is the last chance for supporters of homeopathy to claim the NHS provides homeopathic hospitals. Tunbridge Wells Homeopathic Hospital closed in 2008. The Royal London Homeopathic Hospital went in 2010 after it became impossible to claim that significant homeopathic services dominated the practices of the doctors. It became the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine where a number of alternative medicines are practiced in one small part of a once much larger building. Liverpool Homeopathic Hospital just disappeared being replaced by an outsourced contract to a Community Interest Company. Even without this news from Bristol, it has been a struggle to claim there were NHS Homeopathy Hospitals in the UK.

Written By: Andy Lewis
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22 COMMENTS

  1. “The reasons given for the move appear to be somewhat confused with suggestions that it is to do with an expensive need to improve IT services and put modern networking in the building and that the University of Bristol want their building back.”

    It probably has something to do with putting modern medicine in the building and less quackery.

  2. At last common sense has triumphed in rejecting the quasi religious dogma of homeopathy.
    I once made a payment to find out how nonsensical a homeopath and an acupuncturist was.
    He had suggested that a woman’s denture discomfort was due to contamination of her denture acrylic with Iridium.
    Alternative medicine is a function of faith and not substantiating clinical evidence.

  3. I contacted my MP about “The Minister for Magic” Jeremy Hunt’s support for this quackery, asking him to register my opposition to the public funding of this nonsense, saying that opinion lead science was useless at best and harmful at worst, and that there is no place for it in the twenty first century; a drop in the ocean, but sufficient drops will eventually comprise an ocean.

  4. England, but not Scotland. The Glasgow Homoeopathic Hospital is still around and costing 1.5 million pounds per year to run:

    http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/amount_spent_on_the_glasgow_home

    (A useful breakdown of the costs and patient intake over the last 5 years)

    They moved to a new building on the grounds of Gartnavel General Hospital a few years ago (the building was paid for by private donations, apparently, so I guess there wasn’t much of an outcry), and are still seeing several hundred in-patients per year and thousands of out-patients. Apparently they take in a handful of emergency cases every year, which brings to mind that famous Mitchell and Webb sketch. The numbers are going down however, so I doubt they will be able to maintain that budget forever.

    Of course, the Scottish NHS is separate from the English body. but that’s still good tax payer’s money going towards a load of nonsense.

    Interestingly enough, I can claim to have been successfully treated in the Glasgow Homoeopathic Hospital. Back in the 70s I was admitted there as a young child — I still remember the ward like it was yesterday. However, I was only there because the other hospitals were full at the time, and my treatment was purely conventional — minor surgery for a typical childhood complaint. I doubt my parents had a clue what homoeopathy was — I certainly didn’t!

  5. Many quacks function through homeopathy. Almost as many quacks who practice conventional medicine. I am sure there is no worse example of attempted faith healing in history than the death of a mother in miscarriage in Ireland (Savita) who was refused life saving abortion on the grounds that she was in a Catholic country. Many fools are placing all of their faith in drug companies who gouge for profits and sometimes provide more dangerous, less effective products than proven natural remedies.

  6. In reply to #14 by This Is Not A Meme:

    I only learned about homeopathy because of Dawkins’ work. Can we blame this burst of sanity on him? I can’t think of anyone else focusing attention on the issue.

    Check out podcasts on Itunes for skeptic groups – Skeptics Guide to the Universe, James Randi, Skeptics Zone, token skeptic among others. Also look up Simon Singh. There are whole groups fighting the anit-vac’ers and other pseudoscience. Lots!

  7. If they claim the building isn’t suitable, then the solution is simple.

    Bulldoze the building, take a single grain of the dust that remains and throw it into the air in a new location where the clinic will operate.

    Hey Presto! The most effective building method possible.

  8. The very fact that we have,in this cretin Hunt, a Health Secretary that supports this fucking nonsense makes this country a laughing stock.Doctors should just refuse to have any contact or dialogue with a ‘minister of magic!’In fact if you add the equally cretinous Warsi into the equation, we have 2 Ministers of Magic!!! I feel like just pulling the duvet over my head.

  9. In reply to #1 by aquilacane:

    “The reasons given for the move appear to be somewhat confused with suggestions that it is to do with an expensive need to improve IT services and put modern networking in the building

    Now there’s a novel concept!!
    A quack IT system – working on pico-bytes of data on a yocto-volt network!!

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