The NHS should stop funding homeopathy because there is no scientific proof that it works, MPs have said.

The Commons science and technology committee said the diluted products were no more effective than a placebo.

The committee also said the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency should not allow labels on homeopathic medicines to carry medical claims.

Dr Michael Dixon, medical director for the Prince’s Foundation for Integrated Health, said patient perspectives had been left out of the MPs’ report.

“The task of the NHS is to improve the health of the public and to treat those who are sick or disabled,” he said.

“We should not abandon patients we cannot help with conventional scientific medicine.

“If homeopathy is getting results for those patients, then of course we should continue to use it.”