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We would refer you to our rapid response to this letter that appears
in the correspondence related to our original article
(http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/eletters/332/7533/64#127234), since the
system doesn't seem to refer readers to it from here. There we make the
point that although it may be true that diagnostics are relatively
neglected by policy makers and health service funders, the accusation
cannot be sustained against the NHS HTA Programme, which - as we document
in our letter - has devoted a great deal of attention to diagnostics.
JG was Director of the NHS National Coordinating Centre for Health Technology Assessment 1998-2004. TW is Director of the NHS HTA Programme
No competing interests
01 February 2006
Wessex Institute for Health R&D, University of Southampton SO16 7PX