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Motor Neurone Disease

Volume 458: debated on Wednesday 14 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether she has consulted the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence on the evaluation of non-invasive ventilation treatment for motor neurone disease; (123522)

(2) if she will make a statement on the timetable for the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence’s investigation into non-invasive ventilation; and when she expects to publish the findings.

[holding answer 26 February 2007]: The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) considered non-invasive ventilation as part of its interventional procedures programme but concluded that this procedure fell outside the institute’s remit on interventional procedures. Decisions on the use of non-invasive ventilation in motor neurone disease are most appropriately taken by individual patients and their clinicians.