Medical Treatments: Innovation

Health written question – answered on 16th June 2011.

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Photo of Daniel Poulter Daniel Poulter Conservative, Central Suffolk and North Ipswich

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the means by which the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence takes account of innovation in its health technology assessments.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department of Health

As an independent body, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is responsible for the development of its technology appraisal methods and processes which are periodically reviewed and consulted upon.

In January 2009, NICE commissioned Professor Sir Ian Kennedy to conduct an independent study into how NICE appraised the value of innovation. NICE published its response to Professor Kennedy's recommendations in June 2010 and further information is available at:

www.nice.org.uk/aboutnice/howwework/researchanddevelopment/KennedyStudyNICEResponse.jsp

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