St Luke’s in danger of closing

The Stroud News and Journal reports this week that the town’s anthroposophical medical centre, St Luke’s, is in danger of closing due to the retirement of two GPs. They have until September to save the business although the report stresses there is no need for patients to move to other practices.

The practice wishes to “merge” with another in the area, and so far has not been successful – I wonder why? Could it be that other GP surgeries are not keen on being associated with anthroposophical medicine, where karma is seen as the cause of illness and where treatments include eurythmy, rhythmic massage and mistletoe?

The scandal of these kinds of activities being offered on the NHS in the name of medicine escapes the attention of most people in Stroud, and indeed there are patients at St Luke’s who have never heard of anthroposophy and have no idea what it is, but have been attracted by the homeopathic remedies on offer. Clearly the GPs and nurses there do not see fit to enlighten the patients, perhaps leaving them to glean the important information about anthroposophy from the website, where indeed it is displayed if you look hard enough;

The premises for the Medical Centre in Stroud is owned by St. Luke’s Trust, which is a charitable organisation dedicated to ensuring that anthroposophic medicines and therapies will be available to the public into the future

As I have mentioned before there is a page on the St Lukes website with a lot of information about anthroposophical medicine, if you dig deep enough. It mentions “etheric forces”, the “astral body” and the “spiritual realm” but stops short of explaining the significance of karma, which would have to be researched by reading articles on the internet such as those I have written about  here and here.

I admit I have not bothered to read my own GP surgery website – perhaps most people don’t until they have reason to do so.

The SNJ report does not mention Rudolf Steiner or the word anthroposophy at all, not even the fact that the practice is dedicated to providing alternative therapies.

Is it too much to hope that the failure of St Luke’s to attract replacement anthroposophical doctors will spell the end of this kind of dodgy medical practice in the area? It would be surprising if one of the other surgeries saw fit to merge with such a practice without doing their research.

I am pretty sure the GPs at my surgery will have more sense anyway.



  1. Nick Nakorn

    I’m just astounded that it was ever legal; don’t the NHS have rules about this sort of thing? With any luck it will be purely academic if the practice closes.

  2. Jim

    I missed this in the SNJ. If it’s true it’s a rare bit of good news, though obviously it would be preferable for there to be a lack of demand for pseudo-medicine rather than a lack of supply.

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