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NICE proposals for citizens council condemned by patients

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7361.406/a (Published 24 August 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:406
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. London

    A “citizens council” announced last week by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) to advise on decision making has been attacked as a “toothless tiger” by patients.

    The council will be made up of 30 members of the public who will be paid £150 ($231;€235) a day to consider “generic” issues. The council, which will act in an advisory capacity, will meet for three days twice a year and will not have any input into decisions on individual treatments.

    Mike Stone, chief executive of the Patients Association, said that setting up …

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