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Health written question – answered on 2nd November 2011.

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Photo of Virendra Sharma Virendra Sharma Labour, Ealing, Southall

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence on the publication of a quality standard for chronic pain in adults.

Photo of Paul Burstow Paul Burstow The Minister of State, Department of Health

We wrote to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) in December, asking for further scoping work on 11 topics, and for advice on their suitability for the development of quality standards. The list included a possible quality standard or standards on pain relief, including pain relief in children. This topic of ‘pain management’ was included in the proposed list for the library of NICE Quality Standards that the National Quality Board will be considering shortly, following the completion of an engagement exercise hosted by NICE. An announcement will be made in due course.

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