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"Prince Charles was last night urged to stay out of the debate over homeopathy on the NHS, amid claims that he had lobbied the Health Secretary in favour of the controversial alternative treatment...Birmingham Labour MP Steve McCabe said it was "strange" that the heir to the throne should be able to lobby the Health Secretary on such a controversial issue. "It is even more extraordinary that he should be allowed to do this in secret ... I can't see how it isn't in the public interest for the rest of us to know," he said. His colleague, Paul Flynn, claimed the Prince had a duty to remain neutral, particularly over a hugely controversial issue involving public spending and the health of the nation...The Tory MP David Tredinnick, a supporter of homeopathy who also sits on the Health Select Committee, said he was not concerned about Prince Charles's intervention, as "he is probably as well placed as anybody in the country to comment on this". Speaking on the BBC, Mr Tredinnick said: "We should do what they do in the rest of the world, which is to take [homeopathy] seriously." But David Colquhoun, a pharmacologist at University College London, said homeopathy was "utter nonsense". "Homeopathic remedies contain nothing whatsoever. The Americans have spent $2bn investigating these things ...they haven't found a single one that works," he said. Clarence House confirmed the Prince had met Mr Hunt last week, but neither they nor the Department of Health would give details of the discussions." The Independent (21st July 2013)