Truth behind NHS's homeopathy budget
Updated on 10 June 2009
More4 News finds out just how much NHS money is being spent on homeopathy, amid increasing pressure on NHS resources. David Fuller reports.
We can expect a renewed focus on what the health service does and does not spend money on - like homeopathy.
It is a treatment in which active ingredients are diluted to minute proportions and doled out in little pills. Some patients swear by it, but many scientists swear about it.
The data we have shows that from 2005 - 2008 almost £12m was spent on Homeopathic remedies by the NHS.
This works out at an average cost of £170 per episode, per patient with a remarkable £3067 cost per inpatient.