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NICE and its value judgments: Favourable appraisal amounts to compulsory purchase order

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 23 September 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:740
  1. Jammi N Rao, director of public health (
  1. North Birmingham Primary Care Trust, Birmingham B44 8BH

    EDITOR—The role of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) in reducing the postcode lottery is limited by the denial of its legitimate role in healthcare rationing.1 2 The focus on new and expensive drugs, and the requirement by the government that NHS bodies implement NICE guidance within three months, seriously …

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