This Business Insider article argues about homeopathic treatment being virtually banned from using NHS funding:
Britain's government health system (NHS) had continued to pay for thousands of patients to receive homeopathic treatment. But on July 21, the NHS included homeopathy in a lengthy report on items that primary care doctors should not prescribe. That effectively bans patients from using government funds for homeopathic treatment.
I am wondering why including this kind of treatment in the NHS funding in the first place since it has failed to pass the scientific method:
Glasziou looked at nearly 200 scientific studies about the effectiveness of the regimen for 68 conditions, ranging from arthritis to HIV. Overall, the treatment had "no discernible effect" on any of those conditions, which led Glasziou to conclude that homeopathy was "a therapeutic dead-end."
While private individuals are free to chose their treatment, one expects a national health system to fund based on more "fact-based" approaches.
Question: Why did UK NHS pay for homeopathic treatments?