Diabetes: Health Services

Department of Health written question – answered on 12th June 2015.

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Photo of Liz McInnes Liz McInnes Labour, Heywood and Middleton

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will ensure that NICE follows guidelines on consultation with diabetes professional bodies and representative groups before adopting the proposed substantive changes to the original draft guideline on Type 2 diabetes for final publication.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) follows the processes and methods set out in its guidelines manual when developing and updating its clinical guidelines. The draft guideline for type 2 diabetes was publicly consulted on between 7 January and 4 March 2015. In exceptional circumstances, NICE may consider the need for a further 4-week stakeholder consultation, if either information or data that would significantly alter the guideline were omitted from the first draft, or evidence was misinterpreted in the first draft and the amended interpretation significantly alters the draft recommendations. However as no new systematic reviews, modelling or analyses have informed the proposed changes, NICE has decided a second consultation is not required. NICE expects to publish its final guidance in August 2015.

NICE’s guidelines manual is available at:

www.nice.org.uk/article/PMG20/chapter/1%20Introduction%20and%20overview

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