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Arbitration Committee Decisions on Pseudoscience

The Arbitration Committee has issued several principles which may be helpful to editors of this and other articles when dealing with subjects and categories related to "pseudoscience".

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Many of these questions arise frequently on the talk page concerning homeopathy.

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Former good articleHomeopathy was one of the Natural sciences good articles, but it has been removed from the list. There are suggestions below for improving the article to meet the good article criteria. Once these issues have been addressed, the article can be renominated. Editors may also seek a reassessment of the decision if they believe there was a mistake.
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September 14, 2006Good article nomineeNot listed
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October 13, 2007Good article reassessmentDelisted
October 19, 2007Peer reviewReviewed
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April 4, 2009Featured article candidateNot promoted
November 2, 2012Good article reassessmentDelisted
Current status: Delisted good article

Scotland/England/UK stuff[edit]

Black Kite, Zythe Just a quick question - are we certain that the Bristol centre is the only place left in England offering homeopathy on the NHS? I know that GPs are have been formally advised not to prescribe homeopathic remedies, but are we sure that the are proscribed from doing so? My understanding was that there was a list of remedies that the NHS has said they won't pay for, but if a GP has a regular visitor who comes in with a cold and asks for sugar pills, they were still allowed to prescribe them (to make them go away) unless the specific sugar pill is on the blacklist. I'd be delighted to learn that it is getting completely kicked out, but the stuff I've read is a bit fuzzy. Thanks GirthSummit (blether) 17:59, 21 September 2018 (UTC)

Homeopathy can only be accessed on the NHS in England and Wales via individual exemptions. It's not blacklisted, but doctors cannot simply prescribe, they have to get a specific approval, according to Marsh. Guy (Help!) 19:51, 21 September 2018 (UTC)
I think there's a difference here between "available", "offered" and "funded". AFAICS it is still available (in limited circumstances), but it's not offered, and from February 2019 it won't be funded. Though it's so unclear I wouldn't be surprised to see I've got this wrong. Black Kite (talk) 20:00, 21 September 2018 (UTC)
Everything is available unless it's blacklisted, but in this case it might as well not be because the NHS doesn't fund it. Reliable sources are generally describing this as "no longer available", notably NHE: [1]. We can safely follow that and ignore any querulous complaints that might arise I reckon. Guy (Help!) 20:11, 21 September 2018 (UTC)
Colour me delighted (and happy with current wording). GirthSummit (blether) 20:56, 21 September 2018 (UTC)

Hiya. Bristol and Somerset defunded it earlier this year, unless a special panel can justify a patient really needing it (which is theoretically impossible) - so it's legitimate to say it's not funded anywhere in England. You could say "not funded routinely" but that might imply it's still occasionally funded in a way that it's not. CCGs report £0 spending on homeopathy in Wales and Northern Ireland, according to Good Thinking Society research.Zythe (talk) 22:15, 21 September 2018 (UTC)

Thanks. I hereby reign my neck in all the way, and apologise for my earlier revert. I didn't know this had gone so far in England; when I read your edit I did a search to see if Bristol was still operating, which led to the link I cited, but I should have brought it here before reverting. I'm probably just an oversensitive Glaswegian, in denial that my city seems to have the last remaining bastion of this stuff...GirthSummit (blether) 23:56, 21 September 2018 (UTC)