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Health: Quality Standards

House of Lords written question – answered on 9th February 2011.

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Photo of Baroness Masham of Ilton Baroness Masham of Ilton Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ensure that any National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines on quality standards relating to care for patients with long-term conditions and cancer include the prevention of pressure sores.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

It is for the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) to determine the content of its Quality Standards. It does so after a public consultation and within a remit set by the Secretary of State. Details of the process NICE used can be found on the institute's website at: www.nice.org.uk/aboutnice/qualitystandards

The topic of pressure ulcers was referred to NICE for Quality Standard development in December 2010. The Quality Standard will cover the management of pressure ulcers in all patients.

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