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“Prince Charles's health charity, which campaigns for the wider use of homeopathic and herbal remedies, is facing possible investigation by the Charity Commission over claims that it may have breached charity regulations….The complaint states the trustees of the Prince's Foundation for Integrated Health (FIH) allowed the foundation's staff to pursue a public "vendetta" against a prominent critic of the prince's support for complementary medicines, Edzard Ernst, professor of complementary medicine at Exeter University. It also suggests the imminent closure of Ernst's department may be partly down to the charity's official complaint about him after he publicly attacked its draft guide to complementary medicines as "outrageous and deeply flawed".” The Guardian (19th March 2010)
NOTE: Following a complaint from Sir Michael Peat (the Prince of Wales' Principal Private Secretary and Acting Chairman of his Foundation for Integrated Health) regarding an alleged breach of confidentiality over the draft Smallwood Report that was out for review, Professor Edzard Ernst explains here why he publicly criticised it: “…I was contacted by a journalist who had seen the draft report (not through my leaking it!) asking my opinion on it. I was, of course, bound by confidentiality not to disclose its contents. However, as the journalist knew it already, there was no need to. I thus commented mainly on the flawed methodology of the document and this made the title page of The Times (24 August 2005). When the final version of the report was published in October 2005, the press was keen to have my opinion again. After I had managed to see a copy, I was disappointed to see that it was still far from sound. I gave several interviews…” Further background details on the issue are available via this video clip. Sir Michael Peat’s letter, written on Clarence House notepaper, can be viewed at 4:52 minutes in, and the letter from the University of Exeter in which it decided against issuing Professor Ernst with a formal disciplinary warning, can be viewed at 6:54 minutes in.