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Health Services

Health written question – answered on 15th October 2012.

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Photo of Valerie Vaz Valerie Vaz Labour, Walsall South

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) whether health commissioners are obliged to commission services to enable clinicians to follow National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence clinical guidelines if such services are in their judgment the correct treatment for the individual patient;

(2) what role National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence clinical guidelines will play in the assessment of NHS performance.

Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb The Minister of State, Department of Health

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence clinical guidelines represent best practice and we expect commissioners and clinicians to take them into account in their decision making.

National health service performance requirements are set in the annual NHS Operating Framework, a copy of which has already been placed in the Library.

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