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NICE needs sweeping changes to maintain credibility, say MPs

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 06 July 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:5
  1. Katherine Burke
  1. London

    The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) should think more broadly and adopt more rigorous processes to avoid “serious damage” to its credibility, according to the first independent evaluation of the institute's work.

    A cross party committee of MPs has unanimously commended NICE's efforts in a “highly contentious” area, but it has called for sweeping changes in the way it works and has urged government commitment to develop a robust rationale for prioritising healthcare spending.

    The House of Commons health select committee's report, launched on Wednesday, urged NICE to establish robust mechanisms to ensure closer collaboration with respected publications such as …

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