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'Ineffective' treatment is ditched; NEWS WIRE.

WIRRAL NHS chiefs have voted to stop spending taxpayers' cash on homeopathy.

It comes after a survey showed 95% of the Wirral public were in favour of the service being axed.

Wirral's NHS spends PS16,500 to treat around 50 patients a year using homeopathy and a mistletoe extract known as Iscador.

The decision to axe the service comes after NHS bosses in Liverpool made a similar cut in June.

This means there is now nowhere else in England where the NHS still pays for homeopathy, apart from areas of London and Bristol.

The alternative therapy uses highly diluted chemicals to treat ailments including asthma, infections, depression, stress, anxiety, allergies, arthritis and high blood pressure.

Meanwhile, Iscador is given to cancer patients as a complementary treatment, but is not a cure.

Supporters say these treatments can help patients whose conditions haven't responded to conventional medicine, but critics say they have no scientific backing.

The NHS Choices website admits: "There is no good quality evidence that homeopathy is effective as a treatment for any health condition."

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