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Letters NICE needs reform

The emperor’s NICE new clothes

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 10 January 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e232
  1. Paul Blenkiron, consultant psychiatrist1
  1. 1Bootham Park Hospital, York, North Yorkshire YO30 7BY, UK
  1. paul.blenkiron{at}

Spence is right: all doctors should challenge conventional wisdom to secure the best evidence based care for their patients.1 But attacking the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is unlikely to achieve this goal. Far from being an “opaque” …

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