My noble Friend the Under-Secretary of State for Innovation (Lord Bethell of Romford) has today made the following written ministerial statement:
I would like to inform the House that a written answer I gave on 15 April to the noble Lord Sharkey contained information that was out of date at the time of answering. I wish to correct the formal record.
In my reply, I stated that information on the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s (NICE) methods review was not yet available. However, information had been shared by NICE that updates my answer as it originally stood, therefore, making the information provided on 15 April out of date.
The updated position is that NICE has considered its ability to carry out and complete the methods and process update and has decided to extend the timelines. NICE now plans to hold a six-week public consultation on proposals in October 2020 and a further consultation on a draft programme manual in February 2021, with implementation in June 2021.