In news that is likely to make you think "why the hell was that still happening", it's been announced that The Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine, formerly known as the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital, will stop offering
magic bullshit homeopathic treatments that are paid for by the NHS.
As many of you will already know homeopathy is based on the assumption that water is somehow magic, and that diluting something down into basically nothing is somehow able to successfully treat an ailment - with homeopaths actually claiming that the more diluted something is, the better chance there is of success. Which is complete nonsense, of course, and like most alternative medicines there is zero evidence that it works.
In fact the NHS itself says that "there is no good-quality evidence that homeopathy is effective as a treatment for any health condition," which makes me wonder why this place was still peddling fake treatments using public funding. Not that conning people out of large sums of cash for private 'treatment' would be any better, mind.
The Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine, whose current name makes it sound far more legitimate than what it used to be called, was founded back in 1849 by one of the UK's first homeopathic doctors. Back then sewage systems flowed directly into the River Thames, unfiltered, so I hope he boiled it first. Or else those suckers duped into paying for treatment would be getting higher concentrations of human waste than medicine.
Now the hospital has started handing out leaflets informing patients that they won't be able to receive NHS-funded homeopathic treatments from 3rd April. Which is a good thing, and means money can be spent on treatment that actually works and not glorified placebos.
The even better news is that this clampdown has been happening for a while, and the Good Thinking Society (which has been campaigning the NHS to stop practising voodoo for quite some time) claims that NHS-funded homeopathy is now only available in Bristol and Glasgow. Here's hoping those cities get their act together and follow suit.
And while we're at it let's get more unscientific nonsense off the NHS bill. Things like chiropractic 'medicine', acupuncture, and so on. I mean, that hospital offers mindfulness treatments. Why the fuck is mindfulness available on the NHS? There are apps that do that for you without costing a penny. [BBC News]