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Volume 498: debated on Tuesday 27 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department plans to review the national haematology guidelines; and if he will make a statement. (295042)

The Department does not generally issue guidance on haematology. Professional guidance is usually provided by the British Committee for Standards in Haematology.

In 2003, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) published guidance on Improving Outcomes in Haematological Cancers. This guidance makes recommendations on the organisation of services for patients with haematological cancers. NICE has not yet set a date for review of this guidance.