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National Institute For Clinical Excellence

Volume 405: debated on Monday 19 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average amount of time has been to implement NICE guidance on the use of drugs; and if he will make a statement on the delays in implementing the NICE recommendation for the use of modern antipsychotic drugs for the treatment of schizophrenia. [l13796]

National Institute for Clinical Excellence appraisals must be funded by National Health Service trusts within the three months of the

Health bodies within Wakefield Health Authority-Payments to acquire fixed assets
NHS Body1997–981998–991999–20002000–012001–02
Wakefield HA0535610
Wakefield and Pontefract Comm NHS Trust2,3552,72313,5001,7311,447
Pinderfields and Pontefract NHS Trust1,3321,5694,1253,91610,997
Eastern Wakefield PCT
Wakefield West PCT


1997–98 to 2001–02—NHS audited summarisation schedules

1997–98 to 1998–99—Health Authority audited annual accounts

1999–2000 to 2000–02—Health Authority audited summarisation forms

2001–02—Primary Care Trust audited summarisation schedules

guidance being released as per the direction, unless it is specifically stated otherwise. The necessary funding has been made available to the NHS to allow this to happen.

Clinicians will still have to make a judgement on the appropriateness of the guidance for each individual case they deal with, on the basis of clinical evidence.

No research on the precise time taken for each piece of appraisal guidance to be implemented has been conducted by the Department of Health at this time.

The share of atypical antipsychotics within the total number of prescription items for all antipsychotic drugs thai: are dispensed in the community has risen from 44 per cent, in the period October to December 2001 to 53 per cent, in the same period in 2002.