NHS funding for homeopathy in Wirral is to be scrapped after a survey found most people questioned thought the money could be better spent.

Also axed is the Iscodar Service - a mistletoe-based complementary treatment for cancer that has been in use for more than 90 years.

The governing body of NHS Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group decided to cease funding after views of the public and other "stakeholders" were gathered through a formal consultation exercise.

Dr Sue Wells, medical director and Wirral GP said: "The decision we have taken today follows an informed discussion between governing body members which primarily focussed on the lack of evidence by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in relation to homeopathy and Iscador treatment.

"Wirral CCG uses NICE guidance as its main source of clinical evidence when reviewing services along with seeking the views of the public and stakeholders through consultation to ensure it makes the best use of its resources for the people of Wirral.

"We recognise that during the consultation strong views were expressed on both sides of the argument - but ultimately a significant majority of the public and clinicians who responded favoured the option to cease funding for this service."