Campaign to save beds at Glasgow CIC

Picture from Glasgow’s Evening Times - www.eveningtimes.co.uk

Picture courtesy of Glasgow’s Evening Times – www.eveningtimes.co.uk

Alex Neil, former health minister for Scotland, has joined calls to save in-patient beds at Scotland’s only homeopathic hospital. A major appeal is being made by supporters of the NHS Centre for Integrative Care (CIC), formerly Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital, to save the remaining seven in-patient beds. Mr Neil is now arguing that the Government should step in to fund the CIC.

A financial crisis at the CIC was triggered after NHS Highland, NHS Lanarkshire and NHS Lothian all took the decision to stop funding homeopathy, including all referrals to the CIC. At the end of June, the Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board voted to take the steps necessary to close the beds at the Glasgow CIC in order to reduce costs. A petition launched to save this provision stresses that this is now the only holistic hospital in the UK with in-patient beds. It provides a unique service, which has high patient satisfaction ratings.

Time is running out as a final decision is expected later in the year. The petition currently has over 41,000 signatures and can be found at https://www.change.org/p/save-nhs-homeopathy

On the petition website there is more information about what you can do to support the campaign and contact details for letters to be written to the decision makers in Scotland, including Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister.

Alex Neil stresses that the CIC is a national asset: “It’s unfair to leave it to only one health board, Glasgow, to fund. The facility needs to remain open and be able to offer its services to all those who need them, irrespective of the in-built prejudice against it by most of the medical profession.”

To sign the petitionclick here

When the NHS was set up in 1948, negotiations took place between doctors representing the Faculty of Homoeopathy and Aneuran Bevan on behalf of the Government so that the five homoeopathic hospitals could be absorbed into the Service. They have continued to be part of it since then but obviously the services on offer have changed in tune with various re-organisations of the NHS over the years.

As a centre of excellence in homeopathy and other CAM therapies, the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine treats patients that come from all over the country seeking an answer to their health problems. Many have long standing conditions which have not responded to conventional treatment but at the RLHIM they find help, understanding and support which enables them to improve their health and regain a worthwhile quality of life.

Homeopathy has always been a controversial subject but it continues to help patients who want it, choose it or have come to it as a last resort but a small but well organised group of detractors is determined to see homeopathy removed from the NHS. Should they be successful, homeopathy and the other complementary therapies on offer would only available to those who could afford to pay for them. This would be detrimental to the health of patients who find an answer to their health problems at the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine and the other clinics and hospitals offering complementary medicine.

If you would like to show your support for the campaign to save NHS homeopathy click here to go to CAF’s Secure Online site:

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