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NICE likely “to take blame” as healthcare budgets tighten, chairman says

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 04 February 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f749
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

The UK National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), the body that appraises treatments for the NHS, can expect to come under fire as a “perfect storm” of financial and organisational pressures on the health and social care systems approaches, a conference has heard.

NICE’s remit for producing guidance and quality standards on social care will expand on 1 April 2013.

Its chairman designate, David Haslam, told a Westminster Health Forum seminar on the body’s future role that the job he was about to take up was “almost certainly impossible,” given the challenges that lay ahead.

He said that the effect of an ageing population and increasing cost pressures in health and social care meant that difficult funding decisions would …

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