-- Edit 13 March 2014
Just spotted that on 11 March the homeopathy website (Islington Homeopathy) was added to the list of non-compliant online advertisers. Possibly the ASA will also take out a promoted advert that appears on search engine results whenever someone searches for the company. --
The claim made was that homeopathy has been part of the NHS since it began (true), but it was written in such a way that implied the NHS endorses homeopathy (manifestly not true as it has begun the gradual process of removing funding and presumably dismantling infrastructure with hospital closures) as shown in this pic below, used with permission from Alan Henness of the Nightingale Collaboration.
Someone complained (wasn't me, I didn't spot that one) and the ASA took action and investigated.
Around the time the investigation was happening, the patients of one of the people working at the homeopathy organisation wrote a letter to the local newspaper almost-but-not-quite blaming the Nightingale Collaboration, who then wrote back to point out that they'd had nothing to do with the complaint.
Excerpt from original letter
"AS patients of a clinic in Islington where we see our homeopath, Jennifer Hautman, RSHom, we are surprised to learn that the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) is pursuing a single complaint regarding 24 words on the clinic website that state homeopathy “is sanctioned by the UK government and has been an integral part of the National Health Service (NHS) since 1948”.Source: Islington Tribune, Letters to the editor 'Homeopathy has always had NHS role' 15 November 2013
This is a statement of fact. Homeopathy has been part of the NHS since it was founded in 1948."
The letter goes on to imply, somewhat evasively, that the Nightingale Collaboration could be just the sort of organisation to be behind such a complaint.
There's a response letter from Alan Henness of the Nightingale Collaboration (disclaimer - he's a friend of mine, he doesn't pay me, I don't pay him, I'm not a member of the NC as they don't have a membership structure) pointing out that they'd had nothing to do with this particular complaint.
"I can assure the writers of this letter and Hautman that the Nightingale Collaboration is not the complainant in this case and it has nothing to do with us. We were not aware of this complaint until we read this letter."Source: Islington Tribune, Letters to the editor 'Legal, decent, honest and truthful?' 28 November 2013
The page under investigation - http://www.homeopathyislington.co.uk/ - still implies that the NHS sanctions homeopathy (I'd not be surprised if they're added to the non-compliant online advertisers at some point - edit 13 March: this has now happened - and have an ASA advert appearing whenever anyone searches Google for them) but surely the list of conditions on the page is much, much worse...?!
I don't really think the phrase "Patients seeking to use homeopathy often come with these conditions:" is a permitted way of getting round the fact that you can't claim that "homeopathy can help with the following conditions" which is partly why I'm so surprised the ASA didn't look into that.
The Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) is pretty clear that people who aren't medically qualified should "not refer to serious medical conditions".
It seems that one of the clinic's homeopaths also has her own website - http://www.hautmanhomeopathy.com/ - and perhaps not surprisingly this page also has a shopping list of conditions: http://www.hautmanhomeopathy.com/home/who-can-benefit-1
My favourite bit on that page is the 'full list of medical conditions where positive findings for homeopathy have been reported'. That page links to http://www.britishhomeopathic.org/evidence/Conditions_where_positive_evidence.html which, delightfully (I can hardly keep the sniggers down) returns a 404 'page not found' error. Forgive my childish amusement.
The correct link would actually be this one http://www.britishhomeopathic.org/conditions-with-overall-positive-evidence-for-homeopathy/
As always, I'm afraid I no longer take comments from anyone in support of homeopathy.