Campaign to save beds at Glasgow CIC

Photo courtesy of Glasgow Evening Times –

Alex Neil, former health minister for Scotland, has joined calls to save in-patient beds at Scotland’s only homeopathic hospital. A major appeal is being made by supporters of the NHS Centre for Integrative Care (CIC), formerly Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital, to save the remaining seven in-patient beds. Mr Neil is now arguing that the Government should step in to fund the CIC.

A financial crisis at the CIC was triggered after NHS Highland, NHS Lanarkshire and NHS Lothian all took the decision to stop funding homeopathy, including all referrals to the CIC. At the end of June, the Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board voted to take the steps necessary to close the beds at the Glasgow CIC in order to reduce costs. A petition launched to save this provision stresses that this is now the only holistic hospital in the UK with in-patient beds. It provides a unique service, which has high patient satisfaction ratings.

Time is running out as a final decision is expected later in the year. The petition currently has over 41,000 signatures and can be found at

On the petition website there is more information about what you can do to support the campaign and contact details for letters to be written to the decision makers in Scotland, including Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister.

Alex Neil stresses that the CIC is a national asset: “It’s unfair to leave it to only one health board, Glasgow, to fund. The facility needs to remain open and be able to offer its services to all those who need them, irrespective of the in-built prejudice against it by most of the medical profession.”

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