Silly old Prince Charles has been caught lobbying directly…that wouldn’t be so bad if it wasn’t on behalf of quack products and ‘therapies’.
Prince Charles has secretly lobbied the Health Secretary to back discredited homeopathic medicines.
The Prince and Jeremy Hunt – both strong supporters of alternative therapies – held a meeting at Clarence House last week.
Homeopathy and alternative medicines were on the agenda, according to well-placed sources. The NHS already spends millions each year on alternative medicines, at a time when it is restricting life-saving drugs for those with cancer.
Charles is understood to be unhappy that government plans to set up a register of practitioners of herbal and Chinese medicine – designed to give them an element of respectability – have stalled.
But a Labour MP accused the Prince of promoting ‘voodoo medicine’ and both the British Medical Association and the Commons science and technology committee say the NHS should stop funding homeopathic treatments because of a lack of evidence they work.
The BMA has described homeopathy as ‘witchcraft’, and two weeks ago the Advertising Standards Authority said homeopaths were putting people’s lives at risk by discouraging them from seeking medical treatment.
Despite this, Mr Hunt has been outspoken in his support for homeopathy. In 2007 he signed a Commons motion welcoming the ‘positive contribution made to the health of the nation by the NHS homeopathic hospitals’. He has also defended it in a letter to a constituent.
Anyone who believes in homeopathy needs to be put in protective custody for their own personal safety.