NHS: Standards

Health written question – answered on 15th July 2008.

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Photo of Mike Hancock Mike Hancock Liberal Democrat, Portsmouth South

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will consider making compliance with clinical guidelines produced by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence mandatory upon all NHS healthcare trusts.

Photo of Dawn Primarolo Dawn Primarolo Minister of State (Department of Health) (Public Health)

Clinical guidelines relate to a whole pathway of care and can make a large number of recommendations spanning all stages of care from the diagnosis to treatment of a condition. They are not mandatory or subject to the same performance management assessment as the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE'S) technology appraisals in recognition of their complexity. Clinical guidelines published by NICE are developmental standards for the national health service and the Government expect them to be fully implemented over time.

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