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Osteoporosis: Preventive Medicine

Volume 470: debated on Wednesday 23 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the Answer of 19 July 2007, Official Report, column 639W, to the hon. Member for Pudsey, on osteoporosis: preventive medicine, if his Department will take steps to assess the implementation of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidance for osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. (180637)

[holding answer 21 January 2008]: We have no plans to assess the implementation of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidance for osteoporosis prevention in postmenopausal women.

Primary care trusts have a legal obligation to provide funding for treatments recommended by NICE within three months of the guidance being issued.

NICE guidance is also included in “Standards for Better Health”, which sets out the Government’s high-level expectations for the health service. Adherence to NICE technology appraisals is one of the core standards against which national health service organisations are assessed in the Healthcare Commission’s annual health check.