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Back Pain

Health written question – answered on 8th November 2011.

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Photo of Nicholas Dakin Nicholas Dakin Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence to publish a quality standard on lower back pain.

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

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) jointly with the National Quality Board recently ran an engagement exercise on the library of NICE Quality Standard NHS health care topics. As part of this exercise a proposed library of topics was published for comment. Within this proposed library of topics ‘Low Back Pain’ was included. The engagement exercise closed on 14 October 2011. NICE are currently analysing the responses received and will be able to provide more information in due course. Further information on the engagement exercise can be found at:

www.nice.org.uk/getinvolved/currentniceconsultations/NQBEngagement.jsp

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