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Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 15th March 2019.

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Photo of Chris Green Chris Green Conservative, Bolton West

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the ability of medium-sized companies to pay the proposed charges for continuing to submit technology appraisals and highly specialised technology recommendations.

Photo of Chris Green Chris Green Conservative, Bolton West

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what support his Department plans to provide to medium-sized companies who will not be eligible for the 75 per cent discount in relation to the proposed charges for making a technology appraisal and a highly specialised technology appraisal.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Government consulted on the proposed introduction of charges for the development of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) technology appraisal and highly specialised technology recommendations and has taken full account of the comments received in the Government response which is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/nice-recommendations-charging-and-appeal-panels

The Government states in the response that it is of the view that the proposed NICE charges are affordable for medium-sized companies, but that it will keep this position under review.

As explained in the Government response and Impact Assessment, small companies whose products are undergoing assessment will benefit from a 75% discount, which is intended to minimise barriers to the participation of small companies.

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