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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 over the recent NICE guideline […]

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 The draft guidance- the first on the subject since 2006, is […]

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 such as housing and access […]

NICE’s system used to decide whether drugs are cost effective is flawed

NICE’s formula which they use to decide whether NHS patients can have access to costly drug treatments is flawed and should be scrapped, according to a European Commission funded study.The National Institute for Curbing Expenditure (NICE) aka the Killer Quango uses a mathematical formula to work out whether it is worth the NHS buying medicines […]

Preventative breat cancer healthcare- new choice of drugs or mastectomy

Women at high genetic risk of breast cancer could soon have a new treatment option other than double mastectomy – preventive drugs.Draft recommendations from the drugs watchdog in England and Wales, the National Institute for Curbing Expenditure (NICE), say such women should be given the option of taking tamoxifen or another drug called raloxifene for […]

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 showing how many of its […]

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 treating sick babies. Early-onset neonatal […]

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 watchdog, said “numerous trusts” were […]

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 offer worse access. At the […]

How to improve your sperm count- new study confounds conventional wisdom

Men trying to improve their sperm count may be able to ditch the healthy living advice- but should think carefully about their underwear, doctors have found.Smoking, drinking alcohol, using recreational drugs and being overweight are all listed by the National Institute for Curbing Expenditure (NICE) guidelines as factors likely to harm male fertility. But research […]