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Daily Telegraph Doctors want homeopathy on the NHS to end

Family doctors and nurses want the NHS to stop funding homoeopathy, a poll suggests.

Laura Donnelly, Health Correspondent for The Daily Telegraph comments that "From  Monday [1st April] GPs leading more than 200 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in England will become responsible for most of the health service budget and decide which treatments should be funded and which rationed. 

A survey of these staff has found that "55% want to see an immediate ban on funding homoeopathy and herbal medicine."

A poll also showed that 83% "said those who failed to attend appointments should pay a fee, while 63% said patients who end up in casualty departments as a result of alcohol should be forced to pay charges." 

Julia Manning, the chief executive of 2020health said the poll showed that clinical staff were ready to make tough decisions. “Doctors should have the freedom to fine people who abuse the health service; it’s nonsense that no one ever is made to bear the consequences of exploiting the privilege we have of 'free at the point of use’ health care.”