National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

Health written question – answered on 27th June 2005.

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Photo of Greg Hands Greg Hands Conservative, Hammersmith and Fulham

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance her Department issues to NHS trusts relating to the provision of treatment (a) prior to and (b) during a National Institute for Clinical Excellence appraisal.

Photo of Jane Kennedy Jane Kennedy Minister of State, Department of Health

In 1999, the Department issued Health Service Circular 1999/176, which asks national health service bodies to continue with local arrangements for the managed introduction of new technologies where guidance from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has not yet been issued. These arrangements should include an assessment of the available evidence.

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