Sad really sad but in someway this is a decision from a system that isn’t working for anybody. The procurement systems and what is in the end being supplied to the public. The tendering process doesn’t explore what is wanted and it favours people with money. The companies that tender, the people that make the choices and the people that benefit are all those in society with money. Too expensive and not representative of anything other than their own view of the world. So unsustainable. The important thing is to separate this decision from homeopathy and its role in the health of the UK and beyond.
I currently work for an integrated medicine project in Bham (Freshwinds), we get NHS referrals, the practitioners are voluntary – the homeopathy still works and works well. I believe we need to let projects like this run for several years and show the model works. The experience of dealing with a constant flow of pathology and how homeopathy fits in to that model is part of the future for medicine.
The methodology of homeopathy in these situations will depend a lot of things:
Time – time that the client is prepared to give as well as time that is available in clinical hours and time that the disease process takes.
Method – different cases and different pathologies means that a spectrum of methods are appropriate. This scares a lot of homeopaths. However, remember that Eisyaga developed the layers method for nurses to be able to manage the client situation. Also we increasingly consume food that is severely lacking in basic minerals and many modern disease have a gut related condition – Autism and IBS practically always but other diseases can have a maintaining cause in the gut. Working with people that are severely tortured or on strong medication also needs special approaches.
Surprisingly though, the first thing that becomes apparent in the clinic is not about homeopathy but that many of the clients have come from a traumatic time in their NHS journey (even when this was a good and fruitful time), they have become very passive and have little of an overview of where they are going. Homeopathy with its reflective case taking style is the ideal next step, even before you get to the remedy. Clients come back brighter, rescued and ready for their healing journey. This journey may be through homeopathy and it maybe through other therapies, including some they have already visited, but they are much more likely to succeed as they feel more in charge. That’s the feedback so far and this is an area in which homeopathy excels.
So if the NHS won’t fund homeopathy then perhaps the homeopaths need to continue there conversations with the resident staff at the homeopathic hospitals and see how they can support and how clinics can be set up to continue the referrals without the funding stream. Increasingly there will be other funding sources and as each group nationally succeeds and then shares its experience others will follow. Being free from the present rubbish model is no bad thing but we do need to keep the clinics going.
If homeopathy won’t go away the commercial lobby groups will have to rethink their tactics, so lets move our energies.
Perhaps there should be a standing conference with existing doctors employed in NHS and experienced lay homeopaths to establish a protocol. I would certainly be interested in attending and maybe the registering bodies of the Society of homeopaths and the Faculty of homeopaths should host such a conference.