The British Medical Association has likened homoeopathy to "witchcraft", and declared that the National Health Service should not pay for it.
Denouncing the use of the alternative medicine, hundreds of members of the BMA said taxpayers should not foot the bill for remedies with no scientific basis to support them, reports The Telegraph.
AdvertisementDr Tom Dolphin, deputy chairman of the BMA's junior doctors committee in England said: "Homeopathy is witchcraft. It is a disgrace that nestling between the National Hospital for Neurology and Great Ormond Street [in London] there is a National Hospital for Homeopathy which is paid for by the NHS".
Devised in the 18th century by the German physician Samuel Hahnemann, the alternative medicine is based on a theory that substances which cause symptoms in a healthy person can, when vastly diluted, cure the same problems in a sick person.