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It’s raining

Posted by gimpygimpy on 02/08/2010

Well it may be mid-summer, but it feels like rain. Either that or someone is pissing on us from a great big height.

Just read the Government Response to the Science and Technology Committee report ‘Evidence Check 2: Homeopathy’

http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Publications/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidance/DH_117810:

I really didn’t want to write about this issue in public, but as you know this blog is where I share my private thoughts. And at the moment they are gray and cloudy. After all that work: The Science and Tech Committee,  the ill-fated 10:23, all our blogging, lobbying,  pushing and ‘convincing’, and now the Government has just kicked us straight down the drain!  Poor Tracy was in tears, and the guys had to order double drinks on the rocks.

I’m quoting a few bits here, just to get it off my chest:

We believe in patients being able to make informed choices about their treatments, and in a clinician being able to prescribe the treatment they feel most appropriate in particular circumstances, within the regulatory and guidance frameworks by which they are bound…

…our continued position on the use of homeopathy within the NHS is that the local NHS and clinicians, rather than Whitehall, are best placed to make decisions on what treatment is appropriate for their patients – including complementary or alternative treatments such as homeopathy – and provide accordingly for those treatments.

How dare they! Who gave clinicians the right to a free choice? That’s what pharmaceutical companies are for! Lord knows we give out enough free pens and trips to the Bahamas. Ungrateful, that’s what I call them. And who gave patients the right to decide?! Since when do they know what’s good for them? I think it is just plain irresponsible to leave people’s health choices to themselves. Just imagine, those little old ladies having to choose all by themselves. Someone has to make decisions for them.

And now the government is going to waste a whole 12 Million pounds out of the NHS overall budget £100 billion. What a disgrace – that money could fund 10 minutes research into the latest cloning techniques. And if we clone you all, you won’t need to decide any more, will you?!

As you can see there was no way I could write about this, so I did a recycle job on the same old tosh. Well, that’s what they pay me for, isn’t it!  However, it’s a bit difficult to knock research when the Government paper says:

…it is therefore vitally important that the scientific evidence base for homeopathy is clearly explained and available.

And recommends: further research cannot be categorically ruled out. If proposals were to come forward which could further clarify the impact of homeopathy, they would be considered in the usual way.

Homeopathy has a long tradition in Europe and is a recognised and widely used system of medicine across the EU. And the EU states : “Whereas, despite considerable differences in the status of alternative medicines in the Member States, patients should be allowed access to the medicinal products of their choice, provided all precautions are taken to ensure the quality and safety of the said products.”

Bloody commies. Makes me ashamed to be working in France. Not that they don’t have 40,000 homeopathic pharmacies there! Merde!

Last and not least:

It is not open to the UK to set aside its obligations in European law to provide regulatory arrangements for homeopathic medicines.

Check mate I guess. Unless we start hassling the whole of Europe.

If things carry on this way the boss is not gonna pay. I can’t just sit here blogging all day for free you know.

Anyway I’m sick of this freedom thing. Time to get out of here! Did anyone say China?

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