Homeopathy - background papers

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William Thackeray

Dear Department of Health,

I refer to the document, "Government Response to the Science and Technology Committee report 'Evidence Check 2: Homeopathy’", Presented to Parliament by the Secretary of State for Health by Command of Her Majesty, July 2010.

The document says (para 9), "The Government Chief Scientific Adviser has discussed the Department of Health policy on homeopathy with lead officials ... he still has concerns about how this policy is communicated to the public. There naturally will be an assumption that if the NHS is offering homeopathic treatments then they will be efficacious".

Please provide recorded information which relates to these discussions between the SCO and DH officials, whether in the form of letters, emails or faxes, notes (formal or informal), agenda, or minutes or meetings or phone calls, or in any othre form.

Please send the information to me in electronic format at this email address.

Given the Science and Technology Select Committee's findings on homeopathy (it "found that homeopathic products are placebos, it questioned whether their use in the NHS was ethical and it called for changes to their regulation"[1]) and the Chief Scientific Officer's position on homeopathy ("his position remains that the evidence of efficacy and the scientific basis of homeopathy is highly questionable"[2]), I believe that there is a strong public interest in the release of this information.

Yours faithfully,

William Thackeray

[1] http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers...
[2] para 10 of the Government Response

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