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Tourette's Syndrome: Children

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 11th February 2020.

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Photo of Stephen Morgan Stephen Morgan Shadow Minister for Local Government (Communities), Shadow Minister (Defence) (Armed Forces and Defence Procurement)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential effect of issuing NICE guidance on the diagnosis of Tourette’s in children on the adequacy of NHS staff support for those children.

Photo of Stephen Morgan Stephen Morgan Shadow Minister for Local Government (Communities), Shadow Minister (Defence) (Armed Forces and Defence Procurement)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will ensure that NICE issues guidance on the diagnosis of Tourette’s in children.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

NHS England and NHS Improvement is the lead commissioner of clinical guidelines from the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and there are currently no plans to ask NICE to develop a guideline on the diagnosis of Tourette’s in children. As such no assessment has been made to look at the effect of potential NICE guidance on the adequacy of National Health Service staff support for children with Tourette’s syndrome.

Approaches to the management of Tourette’s syndrome in the NHS is well established and best practice guidance is available from the British Medical Journal.

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