Britain’s Socialized Healthcare Now Recommends Against Herbal Treatments
By The Daily Bell Staff - July 28, 2017
Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) is a shining example of everything
socialized medicine has to offer.
The NHS prevents parents from seeking experimental treatments
for terminally ill children.
The government can deem patients close to death, and remove feeding tubes
to starve them to death. This was once called the Liverpool Care Pathway,
which has since been renamed, but not changed.
The NHS will even cut patients off from all government care if they catch
them paying for their own care elsewhere, or using natural healing methods.
Recently the NHS decided
obese patients and smokers are not eligible for hip and knee replacements.
And now, the NHS is recommending doctors no longer prescribe herbal and
homeopathic treatments to patients.
A report released last week by the NHS
recommends what drugs and medicines doctors should no longer prescribe.
Some might see this and think the health service is finally getting rid of
some dangerous and expensive pharmaceuticals. But the exact opposite is the
Here are the guidelines for how the NHS chose what to trim:
- Items of low clinical effectiveness, where there is a lack of robust
clinical effectiveness or there are significant safety concerns;
- Items which are clinically effective but where more cost-effective
available, including products that have been subject to excessive price
- Items which are clinically effective but, due to the nature of the
deemed a low priority for NHS funding
That last bullet is especially telling. They basically keep it obscure
enough so that they can recommend not prescribing anything they want. But
also they admit right there that even if something works, but has a lower
cost alternative, that is a good way to save money. It is this one size
fits all approach which focuses more on the bottom line than on an
Officially, these guidelines are meant to save limited resources for the
NHS. But they aren’t taking a chunk out of their £9 billion budget by
deprescribing dangerous and expensive pharmaceutical drugs.
Instead, they are nixing herbal treatments, on which the NHS currently
spends £100,009 per year. Most other suggestions in the report cut out
treatments which cost millions, or tens of millions of dollars. But these
comparatively cheap solutions somehow also made it to the chopping block.
- Advise CCGs that prescribers in primary care should not
initiate herbal items for any new patient
- Advise CCGs to support prescribers in deprescribing
herbal items in all patients and where appropriate, ensure
the availability of relevant services to facilitate this change.
Likewise, homeopathic cures cost the NHS £92,000 per year.
In 2010 a report by the House of Commons Science and
Technology Committee, found that the use of homeopathy was
not evidence based and any benefits to patients was down to
It seems hardly significant whether the cures were from placebo or not;
were the patients cured? Many findings suggest the same placebo effect
takes place from big brand drugs. Yet the drugs cause adverse side effects
that limit the body’s natural ability to heal. The homeopathic treatments
support the immune system, even if their main benefit is the mind over
But when you have single payer healthcare, these debates mean little. The
central authority will decide what patients get. If patients resist, they
will be cut off.
*Who Made These Recommendations?*
Who was it that decided to cut out natural healthy alternative medicines?
A committee of NHS officials. There is now a database
which allows you to search for NHS doctors in Great Britain who have
received consulting payments from drug industries. The database only goes
back to 2015 and does not cover other perks doctors receive from drug
companies, like free trips to conferences, or outings to sporting events.
The following NHS officials are all part of the 18 person Joint Clinical
Working Group which made the recommendations.
The Committee Chair Graham Jackson received over £6,000 in 2016 and 2015
consulting for pharmaceutical companies.
Manir Hussain received over £5,600 in 2015 and 2016 for consulting work.
Robbie Turner made £3,600 over two years, mostly from Pfizer.
Duncan Jenkins comes up in the system with payments over £1,500, and David
Webb got £800 in 2016.
Also involved in making the recommendations were several organizations,
among them the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry.