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NHS: Standards

Volume 479: debated on Thursday 17 July 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will require NHS organisations to follow the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence’s technology appraisals, ethical guidelines and other guidance. (219470)

The Healthcare Commission’s annual health check requires national health service organisations to declare the extent of their compliance with a range of core standards. These include a requirement that primary care trusts are complying with National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) technology appraisal and interventional procedures guidance. Clinical guidelines and public health guidance are developmental standards in the annual health checks in recognition of the more complex nature of the guidance. However, NHS organisations are expected to demonstrate that they are, working towards full implementation of NICE’s guidance.

In addition, there is a statutory funding direction which applies to NICE technology appraisal guidance. This requires NHS organisations to fund health care interventions recommended by NICE within three months of NICE issuing final guidance.