Approved Treatments

Health written question – answered on 12th January 2004.

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Photo of Mr Andy King Mr Andy King Labour, Rugby and Kenilworth

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to ensure that patients are not taken off treatments which have not been approved by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence for non-medical reasons and transferred to those which have been so approved.

Photo of Miss Melanie Johnson Miss Melanie Johnson Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health

This is a matter which needs to be resolved at a local level according to the individual circumstances. Clinicians have a prime responsibility to prescribe treatments appropriate for the individual patient. In doing so, they should take full account of National Institute for Clinical Excellence guidance and the evidence on which it is based.

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