Published: 15 November, 2013
• AS patients of a clinic in Islington where we see our homeopath, Jennifer Hautman, RSHom, we are surprised to learn that the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) is pursuing a single complaint regarding 24 words on the clinic website that state homeopathy “is sanctioned by the UK government and has been an integral part of the National Health Service (NHS) since 1948”.
This is a statement of fact. Homeopathy has been part of the NHS since it was founded in 1948.
Aneurin Bevan, founder of the NHS, promised that “… under the National Health Service Act homeopathic institutions will be enabled to provide their own form of treatment and the continuity of the characteristics of those institutions will be maintained…”
Every government in power since 1948 has continued to fund homeopathy on the NHS to some extent.
So it is merely self evident that the government sanctions homeopathy as a treatment of choice if a patient wants it.
ASA Ltd, a private organisation, should not be abusing its powers to censor self-employed individuals by questioning factual information that does no harm to anyone. Whatever people think or say about homeopathy, it’s up to us as patients to make up our own minds.
We use alternative medicine because it’s safe and effective.
The ASA, however, has a lobby group called the Nightingale Collaboration (NC) that it considers to be a “key stakeholder” informing its decisions, and with whom it has, in its own words, a “continued dialogue at a high level”.
But why is the NC, an organisation specifically set up to target complementary health therapists, prioritised by the ASA, over and above patients and users of complementary therapists?
Why have they been given priority over and above patient choice and safety?
ABI HARDY, ACHILLES NIKOLAOU, ANNIKA MARTIN, GABRIELLA CEVALLOS, J BURNS, MANDI KALAIR, MARIA MOUSKOU, MAXINE RHODES, TIM HARWOOD, JOAN CELESTIN, NICOLE SCHUBERT, YAMINA DJEHICHE and MELANIE SPARKS.
Patients of Jennifer