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NICE should engage generalists—public and professional

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b639 (Published 17 February 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b639
  1. Stephen Head, general practitioner1
  1. 1Middleton Lodge, New Ollerton, Newark, Nottinghamshire NG22 9SZ
  1. shead{at}doctors.org.uk

    The problem with the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), and much other NHS policymaking, is that it becomes dominated with advocacy groups.1 This leads to distorted priorities, exaggerated estimates of need, and wasted resources.

    This is inevitable if input is from secondary care and the pharmaceutical industry, but it need not …

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