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Homeopathic hospital faces uncertain future

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One of only four homeopathic hospitals in the country is under threat from closure, according to MPs.

The revelation was made during an adjournment debate in the House of Commons last week.

David Tredinnick, Conservative MP for Bosworth, said that the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital was under threat because of a lack of referrals.

The hospital is part of the University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, following a merger in 2003.

Mr Tredinnick said: ‘Eight primary care trusts have withdrawn their contracts from the Royal London in the last 18 months and patient referrals are down by 20% on the same period last year. There is great uncertainty about the intentions of the host PCT Camden and its neighbour Islington. If they were to withdraw their support or substantially reduce it, the consequences for the hospital would be very serious.’

Celia Manson, RCN nursing advisor, said: ‘This hospital is not just about serving the local population, it receives referrals from other places across the country. To close it down would be short-termism.’

A Department of Health spokesperson said: ‘It is up to PCTs as local commissioners and providers of services to determine the most appropriate methods to deliver health care to their populations, based on clinical need and effectiveness, and following medical advice.’

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