Evidence Check 2: Homeopathy - Science and Technology Committee Contents

Supplementary memorandum submitted by Northern Ireland Association of Homeopaths (HO 9a)

  We wish to draw your attention to an error in the oral evidence given to the Science and Technology Committee by Mr Mike O'Brien MP, Minister for Health Services, on 30 November 2009.

  In response to Q174, Mr O'Brien said "…There was also some research done in Northern Ireland in an examination of the effect of a number of complementary and alternative medicines not including homeopathy."

  Presumably the research to which Mr O'Brian was referring was the Complementary and Alternative Medicines Pilot Project, run by the Northern Ireland Department of Health during 2007-08, which was a direct result of a campaign by our organisation.

  As you will see from the written evidence we have submitted to the Committee, Homeopathy was absolutely central to this successful project, and was found by the auditors to be rather more effective than other therapies across a range of chronic health problems.

Kenneth Mayne RSHom


December 2009

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