asked Her Majesty's Government:
What steps are being taken to ensure that the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines on the use of erythropoietin to treat pre-dialysis kidney patients with anaemia are being implemented.
The National Service Framework for Renal Services (Renal NSF) sets out the steps the National Health Service can take to support the delivery of the standards and markers of good practice. Part one of the NSF says that all stakeholders will need to draw upon National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines and appraisals. Part two highlights, as a marker of good practice, implementation of the forthcoming, as it was at the time of publication, NICE guideline on the treatment of anaemia in chronic kidney disease. This guidance was published in September 2006. The NHS has to implement the NSF, but it is up to the NHS locally to decide how to do this.