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Victory Against Non-Science


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): Medium (Humanist Voices)

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2018/08/09

The Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) made an announcement.

The news came as a relief and sign of further hope for proper science and medicine to the humanist community in the United Kingdom. That is to say, the homeopathy remedies, according to the announcement, will no longer get their own brand of funding.

The homeopathic remedies may continue in some form within the private market; however, the public spending will not support the purported ‘remedies’ with the public funding any longer.

Evidence-based medicine expands beyond the work of Gordon Guyatt in Canada at McMaster University. It amounts to a method of empiricism, standards of evidence and transparency and peer review, and a philosophy of naturalism to come to the truth about the world — plus an ethic of doing no harm.

To waste money better spent on other things would amount to a harm, the work here is an important victory, though not pervasive enough for the funding of proper medicine in search of more modern cures and treatments with real evidence and efficacy.

CCG Clinical Chair, Dr Jonathan Hayes, said, “We are working hard to become an evidence-informed organisation because we need to make the best use of all resources to offer treatment and care to the widest range of people. The decision on homeopathy funding today is a step towards this and brings us in line with national guidelines.”


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