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Trusts required to show they are providing NICE approved treatments

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 28 August 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5819
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

The government is to insist that NHS organisations that restrict treatments approved by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) face public scrutiny.

From this autumn, patients will be able to see whether approved drugs and treatments are being provided in their areas by hospitals and commissioning authorities.

“If they are not, they [NHS organisations] will now be responsible for explaining why not,” health minister Paul Burstow said.

He said the new regime would be a “catalyst for change” that would eradicate variation and uphold standards for all patients. “Being transparent with data like this is the hallmark of a 21st century NHS,” he said.

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