Department of Health written question – answered on 3rd July 2015.

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Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that recommendations by NICE on the availability of new drug treatments are fully implemented by NHS England.

Photo of George Freeman George Freeman The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

National Health Service commissioners, including NHS England for its directly commissioned services, are legally required to fund drugs and treatments recommended in National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) technology appraisal guidance, normally within three months of the publication of NICE’s guidance.

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