Prince Charles' charity accused of 'pressurizing' Health Department to support homeopathy

Last Updated: Fri, Feb 15, 2013 12:00 hrs

An alternative health charity run by Britain's Prince Charles had been accused of pressurising the Department of Health to support homeopathy, which is one of the prince's key interests.

This followed when civil servants diluted an article on the National Health Services website, the NHS Choices, which had mentioned that there is no evidence that homeopathic remedies work, the Daily Mail reports.

David Mattin, who drafted the original site entry, claimed that officials had suppressed his homeopathy criticisms with support from the Prince's Foundation for Integrated Health, and mentioned his disappointment with the civil servants who had gone along with the prince's plans, as they did not have the courage to oppose him.

In 2009 and 2010, representatives from the charity met civil servants to discuss the draft, which said homeopathy was 'not always based on scientific principles', after which the charity sent emails to the Department of Health objecting to the article, the paper added.

Following the meeting a health official in the margin of the article: 'Can we remove this statement? We may be subject to quite a lot of challenge from the homeopathic community if published.' (ANI)

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