Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 23rd December 2021.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to work with NICE to ensure that NICE committees (a) are accountable and (b) adequately consider patient testimony.

Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is an independent body and is responsible for the methods and processes it uses in developing its guidance. Patients are represented on NICE’s committees and patient groups and are able to register as stakeholders in the development of guidance and comment on its recommendations.

NICE is currently reviewing its methods and processes for developing recommendations on new technologies, including its processes for patient involvement.

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