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Osteoporosis

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the level of compliance among NHS trusts with the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's Technology Appraisal 87; (254775)

(2) what percentage of women with a fragility fracture did not receive care and treatment in accordance with the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's Technology Appraisal 87 in the last 12 months;

(3) which NHS trusts (a) complied and (b) did not comply with the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's Technology Appraisal 87 in 2007-08.

We have no data on, nor made an estimate of, the level of compliance among trusts with the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's (NICE's) technology appraisal number 87.

Information on the number of women not treated in accordance with technology appraisal 87 is not collected.

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’ (a copy has already been placed in the Library), 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 NHS organisations are assessed in the Healthcare Commission's annual health check.