NHS to be Called Out if NICE Guidance Not Followed
Posted 30 August 2012 | By
The United Kingdom health minister said local National
Health Service (NHS) organizations must provide a list of drugs approved by the
National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE), according to a report in
Health minister Paul Burstow said the plan would get rid of
drug blacklists and balance out pricing across the country. He said NHS would
have no excuse not to provide the information with a new scorecard.
"Patients have a right to drugs and treatments that have
been approved by NICE. This new regime will be a catalyst for change - we are
determined to eradicate variation and drive up standards for everyone," Burstow
said in the PMLive report.
A new group has also been established to help NHS with the
NICE guidelines. While the move is applauded by some, the NHS Confederation,
representing managers in the health service, were more cautious, according to
"It is also important to remember that the NHS is
facing an unprecedented financial challenge and organizations must live within
their means while providing high quality care," deputy chief executive David
Stout said in the PMLive report. "The reality is we can only afford to provide
new drugs or treatments where they are cost effective and demonstrably add real
The scorecard is expected to be available by the fall.