Lesley Griffiths is the Labour member of the Welsh Assembly for Wrexham. She entered the Assembly in 2007. Following the 2011 Welsh general election she was appointed Minister for Health and Social Services.
- Rhodri Glyn Thomas: What discussions has the Minister had with the UK Secretary of State for Health on the availability of homeopathic medication?
- Lesley Griffiths: Although health is a devolved matter, the licensing and regulation of medicines are not devolved matters. My officials have been fully consulted by their colleagues in the Department of Health and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency about the changes to the Medicines Act 1968. There has been a dialogue between them.
- Rhodri Glyn Thomas: Minister, if these changes were to come to pass, every homeopathic medicine would have to be registered. That would mean that only those who have received medical training and have medical qualifications would be able to prescribe them. That could mean that that was being done by people who had not received any training at all in homeopathy. Are you content with that situation?
- Lesley Griffiths: No, and it is something that, as we have this dialogue with the UK Government, we are looking at very closely. I have asked my officials to specifically look at the points you raise.
A subsequent document was issued with further information, including the following paragraph:
- Section 10 of the Medicines Act 1968 is not to be consolidated in the Human Medicines Regulations 2012 but it will be retained in the Medicines Act 1968. The consolidated regulations will refer back to Section 10, and as a consequence change neither the current regulatory status nor the longstanding regulations governing the sale and supply of homeopathic products.
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