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Eminent Doctors In UK Wants The NHS To Abandon Alternative Medicines:

On the very same day Prince Charles urges the World Health Assembly in Geneva to back the cause of alternative and complementary medicines alongside scientifically// proven treatments, some of UK’s eminent doctors are challenging the integration of complementary medicine into the NHS.

Thirteen senior doctors who include some of the most eminent names in British medicine have written to every hospital and primary care trust in the UK urging them not to suggest anything but evidence-based medicine to their patients. This group of Britain’s leading doctors have urged every NHS trust to stop paying for alternative medicine and to use the money for conventional treatments.

The Prince, while touring a complementary health unit in Merthyr Tydfil, said that he would ask the WHO to embrace alternative therapies in the fight against serious disease. These views of his have outraged clinicians and researchers, who claim that many of the therapies that he advocates have been shown to be ineffective in trials or have never been properly tested yet.

There has been an ever-increasing concern among practitioners in medical and scientific circles about the increasing referral by GPs to complementary medicine practitioners. Some GPs are noted to use therapies such as acupuncture and homeopathy on their patients; while others are increasingly willing to send them to complementary therapists in cases where they cannot provide treatment.

Among the signatories to the letter were, Sir James Black, who won the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1988, Sir Keith Peters, president of the Academy of Medical Science, and, according to the Times, six fellows of the Royal Society. Bob Ward a spokesman for the Royal Society said yesterday that the society had not organised the letter, but acknowledged that the society took a sceptical view. He said "As far as the society is concerned, it has always said that alternative medicine needs to be assessed on the
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