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National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

Volume 468: debated on Monday 26 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what occasions his Department has agreed to a delay in implementing a National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence technology appraisal. (166382)

Directions that came into force on 1 January 2002 require primary care trusts and national health service trusts to make funds available to ensure that a health care intervention recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence is normally available to NHS patients within three months of NICE issuing new technology appraisal guidance. There have been 12 appraisals for which the funding direction has been waived or amended. Details are given in the following table.

NICE appraisal title

Guidance publication date

Period of waiver

Weight reduction for people with morbid obesity

July 2002

Complete waiver

Haemodialysis—home versus hospital

September 2002

Complete waiver

Ultrasound locating devices for placing central venous catheters

September 2002

12 months

Diabetes—Insulin pump therapy

February 2003

12 months

Diabetes—Patient education models

April 2003

Complete waiver

Photodynamic therapy for age-related macular degeneration

September 2003

9 months

Liquid-based cytology for cervical screening

October 2003

Complete waiver

Myocardial Perfusion Scintigraphy for the diagnosis and management of angina and myocardial infarction

November 2003

Complete waiver

Laparoscopic surgery for Inguinal Hernia

September 2004

Complete waiver

Computerised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Anxiety and Depression

February 2006

12 months

Parent-training/education programmes in the management of children with conduct disorders

July 2006

24 months

Laparoscopic surgery for the treatment of colorectal cancer

August 2006

Complete waiver