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Medical Technologies

Volume 407: debated on Friday 20 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that technologies recommended by NICE are available in all areas. [118049]

National health service bodies are under a statutory obligation to fund treatments recommended in National Institute for Clinical Excellence technology appraisals. We expect primary care trusts (PCTs) to meet their statutory obligations, and strategic health authorities to follow up any allegations of non-compliance. We last reminded PCTs of these obligations in guidance published in January 2003.