Medical Treatments

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 5th November 2021.

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Photo of Baroness Masham of Ilton Baroness Masham of Ilton Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the changes proposed in the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence's Methods Review will help deliver on their ambition for the UK to be a global life sciences hub.

Photo of Baroness Masham of Ilton Baroness Masham of Ilton Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the contribution the proposed changes to National Institute for Health and Care Excellence Methods will make towards improving patient access to medicines.

Photo of Lord Kamall Lord Kamall The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Department supports the proposals in the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s (NICE) review of its methods and processes. The proposals are consistent with the expectations for the review in the Voluntary Scheme for Branded Medicines Pricing and Access, agreed with industry. NICE’s review will ensure it retains global leadership in the evaluation and appraisal of new medicines and technologies which will promote the United Kingdom as the best place in the world to develop, trial, launch and adopt innovative new medicines, improving patient access. While it is too early to comment on the final changes to NICE’s methods and processes, NICE is reviewing the responses to its latest consultation and expects to publish the final programme manual in early 2022.

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