Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Witch doctors should be available on the NHS

One of my relations wrote to his MP opposing the MP's position on funding homeopathy through the NHS. Here's the interesting bit of the MP's reply:

Thanks for your e-mail. There are many people who consider that homeopathy is beneficial to them, and would thus disagree with both the Committee's conclusions and the view you express. In the grand scheme of the billions spent by the NHS, the cost of homeopathy is small - and if people sense that homeopathy is helping them get better, then that is sufficient reason why I think the present arrangements should continue.

It's instructive to reread this email with homeopathy replaced by witch doctors.

Thanks for your e-mail. There are many people who consider that witch doctors are beneficial to them, and would thus disagree with both the Committee's conclusions and the view you express. In the grand scheme of the billions spent by the NHS, the cost of witch doctors is small - and if people sense that witch doctors are helping them get better, then that is sufficient reason why I think the present arrangements should continue.

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Blogger Confusion said...

I sympathise with the MP. One can consider 'witch doctors' and their ilk to be psychologists who operate under a false identity, to enable their clients to reap the full benefits of the placebo effect and a listening ear. As long as their services are not a replacement for regular medicine and the 'alternative' practitioner actively forwards his clients to regular medicine, then I see no harm in their services and indeed think they benefit the health of the general population.

6:50 AM  
Blogger JTresidder said...

@Confusion: You've never heard of a patient refusing *actual* medicine in favour of some voodoo or other?

No matter, you can catch up with specific examples of real harm at http://whatstheharm.net/

The first entry in the homoeopathy section - just to get you started - is a woman who was advised by a homoeopath to give up her asthma medication and subsequently died from an asthma attack.

12:03 PM  

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