GPs must see NICE guidance as relevant and essential, says potential new NICE chairman

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 12 December 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8451
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Steps must be taken to convince GPs that guidance from the UK National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is relevant and useful to them, MPs have been told.

The man likely to be the new chairman of the NHS’s drug watchdog has outlined plans to ensure that NICE produces guidance in the future that is more relevant to GPs.

David Haslam, former president and chairman of the Royal College of General Practitioners, a GP in Cambridgeshire until last year, and a past BMA president, appeared before the parliamentary health select committee on 11 December.

The committee was holding a pre-appointment scrutiny hearing, after Haslam was nominated as …

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