NICE conflicts of interest call doctors claim

Doctors are calling on MPs to investigate potential conflicts of interest at the health spending watchdog NICE. In a letter to the Health Select Committee, they have expressed concern about financial ties to drug companies among experts working for NICE- the National Institute for Curbing Expenditure. The concerns follow controversy

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NICE wants to limit TV watching

Adults and children should consider having TV free days or limiting viewing to no more than two hours a day under new proposals to tackle obesity. The National Institute for Curbing Expenditure (NICE) recommendations also include avoiding drinks with added sugar and limiting takeaways. The draft guidance- the first on

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NHS told to ban all smoking in hospitals

The NHS must stop turning a “blind eye” to smoking and ban it in all hospital grounds in England, according to new guidance.The National Institute for Curbing Expenditure (NICE) said that it wanted to see smoking shelters scrapped so patients, visitors and staff could not light up. Staff should also

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Dementia care patchy- quango finds

The standard of care provided for people with dementia is “patchy”, the National Institute for Curbing Expenditure (NICE) has said. Some people with the condition were not getting even basic levels of care, it added. The warning came as NICE unveiled new standards for dementia care in England, covering issues

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Low vitamin D levels need preventative action

There is growing awareness about the importance of the “sunshine vitamin” – vitamin D – for you health.Low vitamin D levels need preventative action, but Professor Mitch Blair, from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, says more action is needed – potentially including fortifying more foods and even

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Hospitals to pay price for postcode lottery failure to innovate

NHS hospital patients across the country will soon be able to see whether their local hospital or health authority is rationing care as part of government plans to eradicate “postcode prescribing” in the NHS.From this autumn, every hospital and commissioning body in England will be forced to start publishing statistics

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Newborns facing unnecessary delays in treating infections

Some hospitals are causing unnecessary delays in treating newborn babies suffering from infections, the healthcare quango has said.The National Institute for Curbing Expenditure (Nice) has published new guidance after finding variations in the treatment of babies with early onset neonatal infection. It found delays at some hospitals in recognising and

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Sue NHS if managers deny approved drugs says NICE

Patients should sue their local health authorities if they deny them drugs deemed cost effective for use on the NHS, the head of the National Institute for Curbing Expenditure (NICE) has said in a excellent example of the pot calling the kettle black.Sir Michael Rawlins, chairman of the killer quango

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Thousands denied IVF because of British red tape restrictions

Thousands of couples in Britain are being denied the chance to become parents because the country has one of the most restrictive policies in Europe when it comes to publicly funding fertility treatment.They were speaking after a study was presented at an IVF conference showing that only Russia and Ireland

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