Dear Greater Glasgow NHS Board,

Under FOISA, I seek all information recorded within the last three years that would detail:

Decisions made about homeopathic intervention within the trust, for example whether any decision has been made about the CIC in Glasgow, or any decision to make homeopathic intervention available via GPs.

In particular, what clinical decision making process was behind this. As a hypothetical, we might see that the NICE guidelines were followed and that's why xyz course of action was taken.

(Any) public funding/expenditure wholly, primarily or substantially spent on homeopathic intervention.

To assist you in locating relevant information, I am aware that NHS England defunded such interventions a few years ago, and I am aware that options for the future of the Glasgow CIC was being discussed in the last few years. I'm looking to establish the current state and any planned changes to the provision of homeopathy by NHS Scotland (in this case NHSGGC).

Yours faithfully,

Ewan McLean

FOI BOARD HQ, Greater Glasgow NHS Board

Dear Mr Mclean
 
Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002
Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004
FOI Request 15662 Homeopathic medicine decisions and funding
 
Thank you for your request for information received on 3^rd January as
described in your email below.
 
We are dealing with this under our procedures for requests made under the
Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and a response will be issued
as soon as possible or within 20 working days as set out in the Act.
 
If you have any queries about the progress of your request, please contact
me at the details below quoting our reference 15662.
 
Yours Sincerely
 
 
Russell Greig
 
 
Russell Greig | Freedom of Information Officer | NHS Greater Glasgow &
Clyde
Board HQ | J B Russell House | Gartnavel Royal Hospital
1055 Great Western Road | Glasgow | G12 0XH
e:  [1][NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde request email]          t:  0141 201 4460        w: 
[2]www.nhsggc.org.uk
 
When replying please use    [3][NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde request email]
 
 
 
 
 

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FOI BOARD HQ, Greater Glasgow NHS Board

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Dear Mr McLean

 

Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004

FOI Request 15662  Homeopathic medicine decisions and funding

 

Further to your request for information received on 3 January 2020, I am
now able to provide a response on behalf of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
(NHSGGC).  This is attached together with information which describes your
right to request a review and subsequently to appeal to the Scottish
Information Commissioner if you are dissatisfied with our response or our
handling of your request. 

 

I hope this is helpful but if you have any queries about the response, or
if I can provide further advice and assistance under the Act, please
contact me at the details below.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Alison Flynn | Freedom of Information Manager | NHS Greater Glasgow &
Clyde

Board HQ | J B Russell House | Gartnavel Royal Hospital

1055 Great Western Road | Glasgow | G12 0XH

e:  [1][NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde request email]          t:  0141 201 4461        w: 
[2]www.nhsggc.org.uk

 

When replying please use    [3][NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde request email]

 

 

 

 

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From: Greig, Russell On Behalf Of FOI BOARD HQ
Sent: 06 January 2020 11:55
To: '[FOI #631590 email]'
<[FOI #631590 email]>
Subject: FOI Request : 15662 Homeopathic medicine decisions and funding

 

 

Dear Mr Mclean

 

Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004

FOI Request 15662  Homeopathic medicine decisions and funding

 

Thank you for your request for information received on 3^rd January as
described in your email below.

 

We are dealing with this under our procedures for requests made under the
Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and a response will be issued
as soon as possible or within 20 working days as set out in the Act.

 

If you have any queries about the progress of your request, please contact
me at the details below quoting our reference 15662.

 

Yours Sincerely

 

 

Russell Greig

 

 

Russell Greig | Freedom of Information Officer | NHS Greater Glasgow &
Clyde

Board HQ | J B Russell House | Gartnavel Royal Hospital

1055 Great Western Road | Glasgow | G12 0XH

e:  [4][NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde request email]          t:  0141 201 4460        w: 
[5]www.nhsggc.org.uk

 

When replying please use    [6][NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde request email]

 

 

 

 

 

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Dear FOI BOARD HQ,

By way of assistance could you please help me understand how homeopathy, which requires medicines, can still be practised (as stated in the FOI reply) today at the CIC when the last dispensing was closed almost three years ago?

Could you also confirm for me that across the entire nhsgcc trust, the only financial records available are the ones supplied here?

Yours sincerely,

Ewan McLean

FOI BOARD HQ, Greater Glasgow NHS Board

Dear Mr McLean
Thank you for your email below. I will look into the issues you raise and try and get back to you as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely

Alison Flynn | Freedom of Information Manager | NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
Board HQ | J B Russell House | Gartnavel Royal Hospital
1055 Great Western Road | Glasgow | G12 0XH

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FOI BOARD HQ, Greater Glasgow NHS Board

Dear Mr McLean

 

Thank you for your follow-up enquiry.  I can confirm that we no longer
dispense homeopathic remedies from the Centre for Integrative Care (CIC),
but our CIC clinicians are trained in Homoeopathy and as such can and do
still assess patients and make recommendations for appropriate
homoeopathic remedies.

Patients can then discuss this with their GP or source the remedy
themselves. 

 

In relation to your query regarding financial information, you asked for:

(Any) public funding/expenditure wholly, primarily or substantially spent
on homeopathic intervention.

 

The information that we provided was in response to the specific question
in your request, and showed a breakdown of running costs for the CIC over
the last 3 years. 

If you have a more specific question regarding financial information then
we will be happy to deal with that as a separate request, although it is
unlikely that we will be able to extract expenditure only on homoeopathic
intervention, as distinct from the other work of the CIC.

 

I hope that this is helpful.  As indicated in our response letter, if you
are dissatisfied with our response or our handling of your request, then
you have the right to request a Review.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Alison Flynn | Freedom of Information Manager | NHS Greater Glasgow &
Clyde

Board HQ | J B Russell House | Gartnavel Royal Hospital

1055 Great Western Road | Glasgow | G12 0XH

e:  [1][NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde request email]          t:  0141 201 4461        w: 
[2]www.nhsggc.org.uk

 

When replying please use    [3][NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde request email]

 

 

 

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