There are no stupid questions…

by endlesspsych

I recently emailed our MSPs to ask them if they believed homeopathy and compimentary and alternative medicine: I am still waiting for the wheels of government to turn and for many of the relpies to come in.

However in the meantime I did a quick search on theyworkforyou for questions asked about homepathy and the NHS: the following came up and I present to you Holyroods most woefully woeful…

Scottish Parliament written answers — Health: Health (19 Nov 2009) See 1 other result from this answer
Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action has been taken to support access to alternative therapies such as homeopathy, as promised in the 2007 SNP manifesto.

As promised in the SNP manifesto… Oh dear…

Scottish Parliament written answers — Health: Health (8 May 2008) See 1 other result from this answer
Margaret Curran: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to improve access to alternative therapies such as homeopathy and facilitate patient choice.

Framing access to treatments that have no scientific evidence to prove trot efficacy as an issue of patient choice is interesting. If a patient believes a trip to disneyworld will treat or cure their ailment/disease/illness or even give them some minor relief from their symptoms should we fund it?

Scottish Parliament written answers — NHS Services: NHS Services (14 Jun 2007)
Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-154 by Shona Robison on 6 June 2007, whether patients can access free treatment, paid for by the NHS and provided by an independent homeopathy practitioner, where patients and their clinicians consider that homeopathy is an appropriate form of treatment but is not provided as an NHS service.

This question strikes me as nothing more then proposing a license for snakeoil salesfolk to get their mitts on NHS funding. As is the following:

Scottish Parliament written answers — NHS Services: NHS Services (6 Jun 2007)
Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive whether all patients receiving homeopathy treatment will have their treatment fully funded by the NHS.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Mental Health: Mental Health (18 Aug 2004)
Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to give patients with mental health problems access to homeopathy treatments.

It doesn’t work! Should they be given access to any old treatment? An odd position for a Tory to take given they are big on efficiency savings and cutting public sector waste.

I find it particularly worrying that people are pushing for mental health treatment to be magic water… Using is should more correctly be a symptom of mental health problems than considered a treatment!

Scottish Parliament written answers — Health: Health (7 Feb 2003) See 1 other result from this answer
Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-32836 by Malcolm Chisholm on 13 January 2003, whether practitioners will be encouraged to prescribe homeopathic medicines, given the cost of branded prescriptions, and what action is being taken to measure clinical effectiveness of homeopathy practice and medicine.

Practitoners should be “encouraged” not to treat their patients! The mind truly does boggle! Are not enough of those nasty Doctors prescribing magic water?

Scottish Parliament written answers — Health: Health (16 Jan 2003)
Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many statutory registered health professionals currently practice homeopathy.

Actually that’s a question I’d like an answer to – i’d also like to know who so I can avoid being treated by the wooful!

Scottish Parliament written answers — Health: Health (16 Jan 2003)
Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many health professionals have received training in homeopathy as part of continuous professional development programmes in each of the last five years.

I’d also like to know this as well – particularly if this course is NHS funded…

Scottish Parliament written answers — Health: Health (10 Dec 2002)
Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it is giving to reviewing the report Complementary Medicine and the National Health Service – An Examination of Acupuncture, Homeopathy, Chiropractic and Osteopathy of November 1996 and recommending the integration of complementary medicine in the NHS.

I’m hoping the answer was “none”…

Scottish Parliament written answers — NHS Waiting Times: NHS Waiting Times (9 Jul 2002)
Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the current average waiting times are for homeopathy treatment in each NHS board area.

Well I don’t know about the waiting time for homeopathy is but the waiting time for treatment is infinite!

But you know what they say about stupid questions…

There are no stupid questions only stupid people.

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