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NHS: Drugs

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 5 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the Government’s policy is on implementation of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence recommendations that are not being met routinely; and if he will make a statement. (253416)

National health service (NHS) bodies (including primary care trusts) are required by a statutory direction to fund health care interventions recommended in National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) technology appraisals within three months of publication of final appraisal guidance. The Department has made it clear that if a particular NHS body is failing to comply with a statutory funding direction it will expect the relevant strategic health authority to ensure that action is taken to address the situation.

Clinical guidelines and public health guidance published by NICE are not covered by the statutory direction but NHS organisations should be working towards their implementation over time.