When walking around Holborn a few months ago, I stumbled across the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital. At first, I assumed it was some kind of comedy quack money-fleecing outfit. Then I noticed the NHS signs on the door, and decided that it had probably been founded by Victorian herbalists and subsequently turned into a proper hospital while keeping the name for historic reasons.
So I was quite surprised, in the context of a Comment Is Free debate on the merits [cough] of homeopathy, to discover that it actually is a NHS homeopathic hospital. Yup, despite the fact that time and time again, double-blind trials have shown homeopathy has no effect beyond placebo, we’re forking out millions of quid to give people diluted potions. This is silly. Read More