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Medical Treatments

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 1 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are taken to ensure that hospital consultants are aware of National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence decisions on use of specific treatments in the consultants' area of specialism. (203174)

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) issues quick reference guides to national health service consultants in the relevant specialty, which summarise the conclusions in its guidance. NICE also provides a wide range of practical support through its web-based tools (for example audit criteria) aimed at aiding local implementation. Further information can be found on NICE'S website at:

www.nice.org.uk/usingguidance/implementationtools/howtoguide/145how_to_guide.jsp