Last chance for say on homeopathy

THERE is less than a week left for members of the pubic to have their say on the provision of homeopathy services in Liverpool. On November 13, NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) launched a period of engagement to hear what people think about whether or not homeopathy should continue to be funded, so far, over 400 people have taken part in the survey and given their views Homeopathy is a ‘treatment’ based on the use of highly diluted substances, which practitioners claim can cause the body to heal itself. NHS Liverpool CCG currently commissions around £30,000 of homeopathy services each year. Between April 2014 and April 2015, the service saw 121 new patients and held 447 follow up appointments with existing patients. NHS Liverpool CCG’s Governing Body, at its meeting on November 10th, recommended that their preferred option would be to stop commissioning homeopathy services. Dr Nadim Fazlani, Chair of NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We have a responsibility to commission treatments which offer patients effective outcomes. “As a Governing Body our preferred option would be to stop commissioning this service; however it is important that the people have an opportunity to provide their views before a decision is made. “We want to hear from the public and other stakeholders about the future of these services.” There is more information on the engagement available on the NHS Liverpool CCG website: www.liverpoolccg.nhs.uk/whatdoyouthink along with an online survey.  The engagement closes on Tuesday, December 22, 2015. For paper copies of the survey or for more information please contact Helen Wilkie, Social Value and Engagement Administrator on 0151 296 7537.