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Medical Treatments

Volume 508: debated on Thursday 25 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to publish his Department's response to its consultation on the proposed transfer of responsibility for commissioning ultra-orphan treatments from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence to the National Specialised Commissioning Group. (323689)

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) provides advice to the national health service on promoting good health and preventing and treating ill health. NICE does not commission services.

The Department published its response to the consultation Strengthening National Commissioning on 19 March 2010. The document can be found on the Department's website at:

A copy has been placed in the Library.

We are now working with the National Specialised Commissioning Team to set up the new advisory group and appoint its members. We intend that the new group will become operational in time to begin commissioning services from April 2011.

The National Specialised Commissioning Group will not have a role in deciding what services are commissioned nationally. It will concentrate on regional and supra-regionally commissioned services.