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Homeopathy cuts under review

A JUDICIAL review into a decision to stop funding for a homeopathic hospital has failed.

But services at the Homeopathic Hospital, in Tunbridge Wells, could still be saved.

The West Kent Primary Care Trust decided last September to stop funding homeopathic treatments but has now rescinded the decision and will conduct another review.

The PCT makes an annual payment of £200,000 for homeopathy services in Kent.

This partly pays for services to be provided at the Homeopathic Hospital in Church Road, Tunbridge Wells, which runs a clinic serving patients seeking alternative medical treatment.

The PCT’s money also funds treatments provided by The Royal Homeopathic Hospital in London, attended by people in north Kent.

On Thursday campaigners were told the application for a Judicial Review would not proceed, as a judge found no faults in the original consultation by the PCT.

The PCT had previously said less than one per cent of the trust’s 650,000 population used homeopathy and it had seen no clear clinical data to quantify the health gains of homeopathic treatments.

The future of homeopathic services is now due to be discussed at a PCT board meeting scheduled to take place on Monday, March 31.

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