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Health: Schizophrenia

Volume 709: debated on Wednesday 1 April 2009

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To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will support the latest National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidance on schizophrenia patients. [HL2592]

We welcome the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's (NICE) updated guidance on schizophrenia and expect it to help further improve the quality of treatment and care for people with schizophrenia.

General practitioners or consultant psychiatrists can prescribe any medicine or treatment which they consider to be necessary for the treatment of their patients under the National Health Service, provided that the local primary care trust or NHS trust agree to supply it on the NHS. It is for clinicians to decide the most appropriate form of treatment for their patients, and in doing so they are expected to take NICE guidance fully into account.