Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are consulting on their proposal to decommission all NHS-funded homeopathy.
After the Bristol Homeopathic Hospital closed in January 2013, homeopathy continued to be provided by a small clinic at the South Bristol Community Hospital. Just three years later, in October 2015, this too closed to be replaced by a private clinic, the Portland Centre for Integrative Medicine. That is not part of the NHS but is contracted by the CCGs to provide homeopathy services.
Now the group of CCGs wants to end all homeopathy referrals to that clinic.
The consultation consists essentially of just two simple questions:
- Do you understand the reasons for our proposal to stop NHS funding for homeopathy treatment? Yes|No
- Do you agree or disagree with our proposal to cease NHS funding for homeopathy? Agree|Disagree
…with the opportunity to explain your answers and provide further information.
The consultation closes next Tuesday, 15 August 2017 so plenty of time to submit your response, but don't leave it too late!