The Debating Society of University College London met last night. The motion was: This House would stop the funding of homeopathy on the NHS.

The result was close but a heart-warming win for the supporters of NHS homeopathy.

For the Motion: 71
Against the Motion: 78
Abstentions: 41

This was most heartening as there were very few outside people present. The room was packed with students and the atmosphere was lively.

Some of you might remember the last time UCL debated this topic. That was two years ago, site when the result went against the provision of NHS homeopathy. You can see my report on that debate here.

The only survivor from the first debate was Prof. David Colquhoun who gave his boiler plate speech about the implausibility of homeopathy while having little to say about freedom of choice and democracy. Clare Stanford, mind opposing him, pilule seemed to agree that homeopathy might be placebo (sic), but argued that it should still be on the NHS. I managed to speak from the floor and get a few words in about liberty, democracy, and freedom of choice for patients and GPs.

It’s hard to say if this signifies that the tide is turning towards homeopathy but at least the students of UCL did not vote for a Soviet Union style motion emphasizing the need for State control and coercion of doctors. As I’ve always said: You can only get to see a doctor on the NHS if your GP refers you. We don’t need diktats from Westminster restricting and thwarting the clinical judgement of our NHS GPs, thank you very much. So well done UCL!

Episode 2: Scientism with Liz and Ed.